Re-Envisioning Disability Symbols: Accepting Submissions!

Disability Empowerment: Re-Envisioning Disability Symbols, Disability as Identity

Our goal this year at Disability Resources is to empower individuals with disabilities to take back their efficacy and feel supported to make changes for the betterment of themselves in their education.

Part of this process is finding our community and empowering one another through art, visibility and conversation. As such, Disability Resources is inviting any SOU student, Professor, Professional staff, and Alumni to submit to our End of Year Graduation Celebration and Art Exhibit.*

We know that the universal symbol of disability is narrow and stigmatized. As a response, we want to change the campus culture and mindset around disabilities and our representation of such.

Re-Envisioning Disability Symbols is a campaign to collect different art pieces that change perceptions and representations of disability from our campus community. Submissions could propose a new symbol to use, emotions around disability, what disability means, or challenges disability can present.

Disability Resources will be collecting submissions until Friday, April 25, 2020 through a fillable form with more information regarding requirements and required releases.

All pieces should have a connection to disability, invisible or not. For accessibility purposes, we ask for image descriptions of all visual pieces submitted. Otherwise, DR Staff will determine an image description on your behalf.

Together we can change campus culture around disability.

Submit your digital art, pictures, images, or describe what you’d like to show the SOU Community about Disability Empowerment.


*All submissions will be publicly displayed at the end of the Spring 2020 term from May 18 until June 12, 2020. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of professional staff and students before display. This committee will be held responsible to send a notice of approval before the Spring 2020 display.

Images used from Visibility 93. Visibility 93 aims to broaden visual representation of invisible disabilities.

Within the image, symbols from left to right: individuals with Depression, Ehlers-Danlos, Bipolar, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, and Schizophrenia.