For this assignment you are required to develop a portfolio that showcases your experience through a disability culture plunge (You can find a list of activity and event options on Blackboard). A culture plunge can be defined as exposure to a culture that is different from our own and in this class specifically, the culture of disability. For some of you, you may already identify as being familiar with disability culture. If so, you will need to explore an arena of disability culture that you are not as familiar with. For many of you though, this may be your first time interacting or being involved with the disability community, and we are very excited to read about your experience! It is normal for you to feel nervous, intimidated, and fearful about this assignment, but we hope that this assignment is a valuable and memorable experience that transcends beyond your time at university.
What is required for this portfolio?
- Student Self-Scored Checklist
- About the Organization/Activity/Event/Person
This portion of the assignment includes background information about the Organization:
a. Name, Location, Date of Culture Plunge, website (if applicable)
b. Contact information (i.e., website, email, and name of contact person if applicable)
c. A brief 300-word description of what you did during your time and the types of disabilities that were represented at the event.
- Photos of the event/activity. Please include a caption with each photo.
Please answer all 4 reflection questions to receive full 10 points. No less than one page, double spaced, 12 pt. font response. Indicate A, B, C or D for each part of this response.
a. What were some assumptions you had before participating in your disability culture plunge activity? Your assumptions can be positive, negative or both.
b. What was something new you learned during your culture plunge?
c. How did this experience change your views about people with disabilities?
d. How might you see yourself contributing to the lives of people with disabilities in the future?