Disability Knowledge Community

Disability Knowledge Community

The Disability Knowledge Community is NASPA’s member driven resource for information about disability issues in higher education and student affairs. The Knowledge Community works to combine knowledge generated by its members with outside resources. As a source of information and advocacy for disability issues, the Disability Knowledge Community is able to provide professionals and institutions with the resources needed to meet these unique needs.


The Disability Knowledge Community aims to create a network of student affairs professionals dedicated to access and inclusion for disability communities.

The DKC envisions a universally accessible collegiate experience for all individuals.

Through our collective expertise on disability and accessibility, we seek to:

  • Share resources and provide educational opportunities that reframe disability as a valued aspect of diversity.
  • Advocate for equitable practices and policies that foster participation for individuals with disabilities.
  • Create professional development opportunities and produce scholarly articles surrounding disability identity, accessibility, equity and inclusion.

Message from the DKC Chair

Dear Colleague,

            Thank you for sharing our commitment to creating a universally accessible collegiate experience for disabled students. We are excited to collaborate on opportunities that will aid in the advancement of access and inclusion.

            Our work is grounded in the belief that an accessible and equitable education is a civic right that should be afforded to all students.

            We must work together to champion efforts that increase accessibility in learning environments and student life involvement opportunities. We must frame disability in an inclusive paradigm that celebrates diverse embodiments and disability culture. We must strive towards transforming inclusion by removing physical, technological and attitudinal barriers.

            Let us embrace the work ahead, support one another throughout the journey, and lead efforts that embrace access and equity for all.

Yours in community,

Gerry Altamirano

DKC Chair | 2019-2021

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Get Involved

Volunteers are critical to the continued success of the Disability Knowledge Community. We are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting content from members to create resources and engage our members in educaiton and outreach opportunties. 

Regional Leadership Opportunities: We are seeking Regional reps to lead DKC initiatives and share resources about disability inclusion in higher education. Region Reps make the collaboration in NASPA work effectively. To apply, visit Volunteer Central section of the NASPA website: https://www.naspa.org/volunteer. The following positions are open until Oct 9th:

  • Region 3
  • Region 4-East
  • Region 4-West
  • Region 5

Leadership Team

Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.






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