College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Political Science Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Political Science



Primary Advisor

Matthew Moore, College of Liberal Arts, Political Science Department


All colleges and universities in the United States are legally required to accommodate their students with disabilities. However, many schools do not support their disabled student body in ways that go beyond what they are legally required to provide under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Though every university and college in the United States has a dedicated ADA compliance office, students with disabilities still express that their holistic needs are unmet and that they feel unsupported by their schools. Establishing Disability Cultural Programs and Centers is one method that colleges and universities across the country have implemented in order to better support their disabled student body. Representatives from various Disability Cultural Centers have expressed the success that their centers and programs have in improving the experiences of disabled students at their schools. Cal Poly, SLO is a school that does not have a Disability Cultural Center or Program. However, numerous students, faculty, and staff have seen a need for Cal Poly to better support their disabled community members. For over a year, dedicated members of the Cal Poly community have petitioned for and organized events to support the creation of a Disability Cultural Center or Program on campus as a way to make the campus more welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for people with disabilities.