University of New Mexico "In Their Shoes" Program

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Type: Program

Status: Ongoing

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Did you know
College students with disabilities are less likely to complete their degree programs than students without disabilities.

Disability is the one minority anyone can join at any time.

  • Car Crash
  • Skiing Accident
  • Household Mishap
  • Cancer Disease

There are 48.9 million Americans with a disability. That's 19.4% of the U.S. population. 1 out of 5 Americans.

Have you thought...

  • Why do they really need extra time?
  • Doesn't all of this just give them an unfair advantage?
  • If they can't do the work, should they even be here?

Whether we realize it or not, we all encounter individuals with disabilities in our daily lives. Some of these disabilities will be readily apparent and many others will be much less visible. "In Their Shoes" utilizes a hands-on, interactive format so that you may catch a glimpse of what it's really like to have functional limitations that substantially alter a major life activity, such as learning, seeing, hearing, or functioning socially.

"In Their Shoes" is one important step on the path to removing the hidden barriers that impact us all. As educators, it is important for us to embrace the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act by creating an inclusive learning environment that is empowering and supportive of the needs of students and employees with disabilities.

We now invite you to participate in the "In Their Shoes" presentation. You'll meet some of the students with disabilities and learn about their experiences.

Please click on the link below to use this site to learn a bit about this, when asked for college ID use: accessibility.

In Their Shoes