Duke Disability Alliance Records, 2012-2022

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Duke Disability Alliance
The Duke Disability Alliance is a student organization dedicated to making Duke more inclusive and accessible. The Duke Disability Alliance Records include materials from a 2017 exhibit for Disability Pride Week on NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion, created by students in a Writing 101 class, as well as the DDA's blog. Also includes a digital copy of the (In)Visible:COVID-19 at Duke booklet with audio descriptions.
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University Archives Record Group:
31 -- Student/Campus Life
31 -- Student/Campus Life > 12 -- Student Organizations - Special Interest


Scope and content:

The Duke Disability Alliance Records consist of projects created for the Spring 2017 Writing 101 class "Modernism and Madness," taught by Dr. Marion Quirici, as well as an exhibit poster for NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion. The projects primarily consist of posters with images and text examining the experiences of neurodivergent individuals. Contains an archived copy of the DDA's blog from 2012-2015. Includes materials relating to (In)Visible:COVID-19 at Duke, a publication designed and published by students in the Pandemics, Health, and Power, Fall 2021 course of the Duke Immerse program. This includes a digital copy of the publication and audio description files.

Biographical / historical:

The Duke Disability Alliance (DDA) was founded in 2010 by students including Megan Barron. The organization's mission is "to make Duke more inclusive and accessible by fostering conversations about disability issues, expanding accessibility on campus and in the community, encouraging positive perceptions and full appreciations of people with disabilities, and promoting their legal rights." They "strive to engage the entire Duke community to make Duke a better place for those with and without disabilities." DDA has organized campaigns to raise awareness of disability-related issues, including the Accessibility Matters campaign and the Goin' My Way campaign, and has worked with the Duke Student Government and the Student Disability Access Office to increase accessibility and awareness across campus.

In 2017 the DDA partnered with Dr. Marion Quirici's Writing 101 course "Modernism and Madness," in which students in the class created projects included in an exhibition for Disability Pride Week, displayed in Perkins Library during April 2017. The projects from Dr. Quirici's class were on the theme of NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion, with the aim "to overturn the stigma of mental disability and psychiatric challenges, to celebrate neurodiversity, and to explore the infrastructures of inclusion and exclusion in modern American life."

Sources: Duke Disability Alliance organization site, https://dukegroups.com/organization/DukeDisabilityAlliance, the Duke Disability Alliance blog, https://dukedisabilityalliance.wordpress.com/, and the NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion site, https://sites.duke.edu/neurodiversityandinclusion/, all accessed 2018 July 18.

Acquisition information:
The Duke Disability Alliance Records were received by the Duke University Archvies as gifts from Marion Quirici in 2017 and 2022.
Processing information:

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, August 2018.

Accession UA2022.0032 added and finding aid updated by April Blevins, August 2022.

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2018.0046 and UA2022.0032.

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Disability awareness -- North Carolina -- Durham
People with disabilities -- North Carolina -- Durham
Mental health -- North Carolina
Duke Disability Alliance
Duke University -- Students


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