ABLE was founded and received COSO recognition in the winter of 2010 as a sense of the need to advocate for people with disabilities and health issues had been growing among the student body for at least a year. Since it first formed students have raised awareness about the experience of having a disability or health issue as well as the specific needs of people with disabilities and health issues. ABLE has hosted an annual 6-person student-panel open to all of campus as well as an annual panel targeted to faculty and co-sponsored by Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. ABLE has also raised awareness about the experience of having a disability or health issue through poster campaigns.
ABLE has helped link students with disabilities and health issues with one another so that peers can discuss the commonalities and differences in their experiences with disabilities and health issues and offer suggestions about resources for most effectively managing those disabilities and health issues.
Through involvement in and collaboration with other groups such as the Accessibility Steering Committee, and ADA/504 committee, Student Assembly, Active Minds, and ICC, ABLE has worked with administrators to put policies in place that create a more accessible Dartmouth. In 2011 ABLE's co-founders authored a Student Assembly Accessibility report. We have also collected data annually about the numbers of students with disabilities and health issues and stigmas surrounding disabilities and health issues at Dartmouth.
Last Updated: 5/17/12