DASA and Campus Accessibility: A Promising Practice of a Student Organization

DO-IT Factsheet #373

In 2003, several undergraduate students taking a class in disability studies at the University of Washington in Seattle discovered that there wasn't a strong student group on campus working to advocate for students with disabilities. The students thought that members of this campus community should have a stronger voice in promoting accessibility and diversity on campus. So, as a class project, they decided to form such a student organization to promote accessibility and disability activism on their campus.

Assisted by professors in disability studies, the students founded the Disability Advocacy Student Alliance (DASA) [1]. New members were recruited from the university population via online distribution lists, posters, and information tables throughout campus. Due to its success, DASA became a registered student organization that advocates overall campus accessibility for everyone, including students with disabilities.

A few of DASA's early achievements are listed below.

Today, DASA has a strong and vibrant presence on the University of Washington campus. DASA is a promising practice in using students with disabilities and their fellow student advocates to promote accessibility on campus.