Guide to the Duke Disability Alliance Records, 2017


The Duke Disability Alliance is a student organization dedicated to making Duke more inclusive and accessible. The Duke Disability Alliance Records include materials from a 2017 exhibit for Disability Pride Week on NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion, created by students in a Writing 101 class, as well as the DDA's blog.

Collection Details

Record Group
Duke Disability Alliance Records
2012-2017 (bulk 2017)
Duke Disability Alliance
1.5 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Duke Disability Alliance Records consist of projects created for the Spring 2017 Writing 101 class "Modernism and Madness," taught by Dr. Marion Quirici, as well as an exhibit poster for NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion. The projects primarily consist of posters with images and text examining the experiences of neurodiverse individuals.

Also included is an archived copy of the DDA's blog from 2012-2015.

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[Identification of item], Duke Disability Alliance Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion Exhibit Poster and Information, 2017
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Project: 5 Ways NOT to Talk About Mental Illness by Ally Perez, 2017
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Project: Humans of Duke by Kelby Welsh and Mackenzie Coles, 2017
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Projects: An Inner Eye by unknown and Asian-American Perspectives on Mental Health by Jenny Lee, 2017
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Projects: Racism, Sexism, Ableism, Classism by Rielle Quiambo and The "Hi, How Are You?" Campaign by Rose Farah and Sonia Fillipow, 2017
Box 1
NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion Exhibit Website, 2017
Duke Disability Alliance Website, 2012-2015

Historical Note

The Duke Disability Alliance (DDA) was founded in 2010 by students including Megan Barron. The organization's mission is "to make Duke more inclusive and accessible by fostering conversations about disability issues, expanding accessibility on campus and in the community, encouraging positive perceptions and full appreciations of people with disabilities, and promoting their legal rights." They "strive to engage the entire Duke community to make Duke a better place for those with and without disabilities." DDA has organized campaigns to raise awareness of disability-related issues, including the Accessibility Matters campaign and the Goin' My Way campaign, and has worked with the Duke Student Government and the Student Disability Access Office to increase accessibility and awareness across campus.

In 2017 the DDA partnered with Dr. Marion Quirici's Writing 101 course "Modernism and Madness," in which students in the class created projects included in an exhibition for Disability Pride Week, displayed in Perkins Library during April 2017. The projects from Dr. Quirici's class were on the theme of NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion, with the aim "to overturn the stigma of mental disability and psychiatric challenges, to celebrate neurodiversity, and to explore the infrastructures of inclusion and exclusion in modern American life."

Sources: Duke Disability Alliance organizaion site,, the Duke Disability Alliance blog,, and the NeuroDIVERSITY and Inclusion site,, all accessed 2018 July 18.

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The Duke Disability Alliance Records were received by the Duke University Archvies as a gift in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, August 2018.

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2018.0046.