Student organizations are great way to learn new things while joining a large support network.
DREAM is an organization-in-process, initiated in the hopes of promoting a national (United States-based) disabilities agenda for post-secondary students and their allies and serving as an educational resource and source of support for both individuals and local campus-based groups. A genuinely cross-disabilities effort, DREAM aims to fully include students with the full range of disabilities–psychiatric, cognitive, developmental, mental, physical,
intellectual, sensory, and psychological– explicitly including groups who have been traditionally marginalized or under-represented within the larger Disability Community.
We advocate for the continued development of disability culture and disability pride as well as related sub-cultures and movements (e.g. autistic culture/pride, mad culture/pride) and strongly value physical, mental and neurodiversity.
Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities.
Youth Organizing (YO!) develops community organizing activities to build a power base among youth with disabilities so that we can effectively work for change. We engage youth to learn about our history, the disability rights movement, disability pride, organizing and advocacy. Youth with disabilities build community with each other, develop a sense of leadership, a positive disability identity and organize and mobilize each other on issues that affect our lives.
YO! provides opportunities, resources and information for young adults with disabilities. Disabled youth are able to volunteer with local independent living centers, work on advocacy issues and campaigns that are important to them and find mentors within the disability community. YO! works with teens and young adults with disabilities ages 16 to 28.