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Diversity Statement

Disability as a Dimension of Diversity

The WVU Office of Accessibility Services, views Disability as an important dimension of diversity.  Though the term Disability is often thought of as a protected legal class, and while that designation may be necessary for authorizing effective accommodations under the law, we encourage members of the WVU community to join us in recognizing that, for many, Disability is an essential and fundamental aspect of their identity, like race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. Disability has its own histories. Disability has its own cultures. Disability has its own languages, practices, experiences, philosophies, and stories. It remains a powerful form of representation, and individuals with Disabilities have long combated discrimination and oppression while advocating for equal access, inclusion, social justice, and acceptance.