Challenging Ablism and Supporting Ability Diversity at Swarthmore

Paul sought to end the discrimination of differently-abled students on his campus by advocating for higher levels of accessibility and awareness, thus creating an environment where people enable and empower one another despite physical differences. Paul’s Blueprint worked to eradicate the ableism that existed in his local community and on Swarthmores campus by working with the Swarthmores faculty and administration in order to create fair policies for differently-abled students. Paul hoped that through these efforts there would be a reduction of differently-abled students who withdrew, transferred, took leaves of absence or were unjustly placed on academic probation.