DLSA is a student-run affinity group on campus for students with disabilities. Our diverse member body includes students with mobility impairments, learning/cognitive disorders, chronic conditions, neurodivergence, sensory loss, psychosocial disorders, and much, much more.
We provide a community to facilitate peer support and discussion of shared interests relating to disability, frequently over shared (free!) meals. A crucial role we also play is to help students learn about and procure educational accommodations by facilitating connections with the HLS Accessibility office. We value students’ privacy and welcome students at whatever stage they’re at with identifying as disabled.
As part of that, our group sometimes engages in activism and advocacy for accessibility and inclusion. We actively work to fight ableism and stigma on campus, and educate the broader community on better supporting disabled students. Finally, we host speakers (with disabilities and without) who discuss their scholarship and careers and advise us on how we can become effective advocates and self-advocates for disability justice.