Who we are
Stanford University's Power2ACT is an open forum for students with and without disabilities (including invisible disabilities) to share and learn about challenges faced by each other. The purpose of the group is to create a community of disability advocates on campus, raise awareness about disabilities, host events related to disability, and create a safe space for open dialogue and exchange of ideas within the Stanford community. The group also seeks to bridge the gap between students with and without disabilities, thereby bringing about greater sensitivity in the broader Stanford community. We organize several events, talks and workshops throughout the year, besides serving as a resource for anything disability-related.
As articulated by our Constitution, our mission includes:
Check out our constitution here.
- To create and foster a community of advocates for the disability community on Stanford's campus.
- To create a safe space for open dialogue and exchange of ideas both within the community and in association with other student organizations.
- To advocate for students’ with disabilities needs to the University in regards to access to all aspects of university life. The group will work extensively with the Office of Accessible Education and the Diversity & Access Office.
- To provide Stanford with information about the disability community's current and historical issues through hosted events.
- To connect with other student community organizations and to expand the reach of Power to ACT throughout the Stanford Community and raise awareness about disability on campus.
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Campus Offices and Partners
Office of Accessible Education
The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) is the campus office designated to work with Stanford students with disabilities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (including the professional schools). The OAE provides a wide array of support services, accommodations, and programs to remove barriers to full participation in the life of the University.
Diversity and Access Office
The Diversity and Access Office (D&A Office) ensures University-wide compliance with federal, state and local regulations concerning non-discrimination and disability access. To accomplish this mission, the office works collaboratively with vice presidents, deans, department chairs, administrative managers and human resources staff who have direct responsibility for achieving the University's objectives. The D&A Office provides an array of services and resources designed to ensure equal opportunity and equal access, and to address bias and discrimination prohibited by law or official University policy. The D&A Office also assists individuals with disabilities who have requests for accommodations in the workplace and access to Stanford facilities, programs and activities.
Kids With Dreams
Kids with Dreams is an organization of Stanford students dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with special needs. Through its weekly programs, the organization networks Stanford volunteers with community organizations and to connect them with children and young adults with special needs. Through fun activities like playing soccer, swimming, rehearsing a play, making arts and crafts, and practicing dance moves, volunteers and kids alike get to have a blast while building skills and friendships that are meaningful to all.
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to
funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing
awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with
autism and their families.