Using people first language in your assignment.
For this assignment you are required to develop a portfolio that showcases your experience through a disability culture plunge. You will find the list of activity and event options for this semester on Blackboard. Students must use one of the pre-approved options from Blackboard in order to receive credit for this assignment. If you find an option that is not on the list, then please let us know so that we may review it and possibly add it to our list.
We strongly recommend that you plan this assignment early on in the semester. This means that you will need to contact the person in charge of the event in which you will participate (if applicable, depending on the event you choose). Some options are more structured and require appointments or reservations. And some are more casual. But the important thing is that you put this in your calendar now and plan to complete the assignment in advance.
Note: This is not community service or volunteer hours. You are not necessarily participating with a “helper” mentality. Your job is to immerse yourself into a culture with which you were previously unfamiliar, and to learn from the people of that culture.
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. Either way, we are very excited to read about your experiences! It is normal for you to feel nervous, intimidated, or even fearful about this assignment, but we hope that this experience proves to be valuable and memorable and that the impact will transcend beyond your time at SDSU.
What is required for this portfolio? You will follow the guidelines below.
- About the Organization/Activity/Event/Person
This portion of the assignment includes background information about the organization:
- Name, Location, Date of Culture Plunge, website link (if applicable)
- Contact information (i.e., website, email, and name of contact person if applicable)
- A brief 300-word description of what you did during your time and the types of disabilities that were represented at the event.
10 Points Total
Please answer all 4 reflection questions to receive full points. No less than one page, double spaced, 12 pt. font response. Indicate A, B, C and D for each part of this response. Include the question and the answer to each question.
- What were some assumptions you had before participating in your disability culture plunge activity? Explain. (Your assumptions can be positive, negative, or both.)
- What was something new you learned during your culture plunge that you would like others to learn as well? Explain.
- What did this experience leave you wondering about or wanting to know more about? Explain.
- How might you see yourself contributing to the lives of people with disabilities now and in the future? And how might people with disabilities contribute to your life now and in the future? Explain.
- 4 Photos of the event/activity with at least one of the photos, including yourself clearly at the event. Include an explanatory caption with each photo. Your photo page is not included in your minimum 1.5-page count. Photos must be placed on the next page of your paper. You must include 4 pictures on the last page.
Disability Culture Plunge options
1 San Diego Center for the Blind
For those of you who are looking for a plunge experience, you can make an appointment with the San Diego Center for the Blind. This is a great choice. It is located close to the university:
5922 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115.
Open from Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
You can also “like” their facebook page.
to see what CAF is all about visit, www.challengedathletes.org
Our contact for this fabulous organization is …
NICO MARCOLONGO: OPERATION REBOUND PROGRAM MANAGER
CAF Operation Rebound
9591 Waples Street
San Diego, CA 92121
Nico joined CAF in the spring of 2008 after 14 years of service as a United States Marine Corps Officer. He is a veteran of the Iraq conflict and brings with him over 8 years of fundraising and event experience to benefit challenged military athletes. Nico is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitative needs of our troops and will lead CAF’s effort to mentor and provide post-rehabilitation support to American service members who have suffered permanent physical injuries in recent conflicts.
Nico responded in an email that they have plenty of ongoing volunteer opportunities. There is a weekly surf clinic on Thursdays. They also need volunteers to help with organizing a donor database, entering grant data, and researching and writing grants to support their mission. Nico is a fabulous person to work with.
Location: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
925 Camino de La Reina
Mission Valley (Near Trader Joe’s and Old Navy)
When: Every Friday night 6pm-9pm (or later)
Just show up with an open and inquisitive nature. your voice turned off (out of respect, do not talk!), and bring pen and paper, white board and markers, a laptop or tablet to type out questions, etc. There is also an ASL (American Sign Language) app that might be helpful to you. At least, have access to the sign language alphabet so you can finger spell. You will find that the Deaf community is very open to people who actually WANT to connect and communicate with them as opposed to exclude and disregard their value within society. You have to be a little bold, find people signing, and join them. Share (write it somewhere) that you are a student who wants to learn ASL and learn about Deaf culture. Stay for 2-3 hours. If you actively participate, you will learn a lot!
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!
The event date is 9/21/2019, this will not count as a culture plunge opportunity for this semester but just giving information
5 Banding Together
Our Jam Session program has approximately 20 teens and young adults at each location. Each of the individuals we work with has unique learning, social and sensory challenges. Participants range in age from 13-28 and have a variety of special needs including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, William’s Syndrome and Down Syndrome. The purpose of the group is to provide a once a month music therapy group and mentoring program for 20 youth with special needs through eight one-hour music therapy groups (aka as “jam sessions”) at a local community venue. This program was developed to help teens with special needs, such as autism, learn the dynamics of building friendships, social skills, and self-expression through fresh and creative avenues. Drawing on peers and professionals from the community, this group experiences music recording, instrument exploration, improvisational songwriting, drumming and other projects based on the interests of the group.
Check out our Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/bandingtogethersd/
· Smart Guide & Internship opportunity Engineering & Marketing interns needed
· 4 Positions available
· Contact: KelvinCrosby@gmail.com
Wheelchair Dancers Organization For those of you who love to dance, this is a new way of enjoying dancing. People using wheelchairs are paired with people without physical disabilities and it is a beautiful art form. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcF-bplVBko