NACA® West - Important Dates

Overview

Students with disabilities are one of the largest minority groups on college campuses, yet disability is often an afterthought in campus programming. By not considering accessibility during event-planning, events incur last-minute hidden costs and ostracize students with disabilities. We can change that narrative and make events both accessible and fun! Using research, past programming experiences, and personal experience with invisible disabilities, Samra will share best practices for accessible social media and promotional materials, public access, presentation design, transportation, and emergency egress.

Presenter(s)

Samra Ward works at the University of Georgia as a senior coordinator of disabilities, where she works primarily with students with chronic illnesses to ensure their academic and social success. In addition to working with her individual caseload, Samra oversees her university's 1500+ disability notetakers, trains student leaders on how to make their events accessible to students with disabilities, serves as an accessibility liaison for PanHellenic sorority recruitment and UGA commencement, and has assisted in writing and creating her university's policy for emotional support animals. Throughout her professional career, Samra has presented on disability-as-diversity at the regional, national, and international levels. Additionally, she maintains an online Student Affairs Accessible Social Media toolkit, which provides best accessible social media and graphic design practices to student affairs professionals all over the country. Prior to working at UGA, Samra obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology and French from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at The University of Mississippi, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel.