Princeton Disability Awareness (PDA) was founded in 2007 by a group of students devoted to disability awareness, education, and inclusion. Since then, they have been hosting major events on Princeton’s campus to promote this goal and to bring together the Princeton student body and the larger community.
Each fall and spring, children are invited to attend a carnival on Princeton’s campus during which they will be buddied with a Princeton student for the day. The carnival hosts a variety of activities including arts and crafts, sports, interactive games, and performances by Princeton student groups. Volunteer to child ratios are usually one-to-one. All volunteers are trained and receive individual information on their specific child. Snacks are provided and parents are required to pack a bagged lunch for their child. Please note that we are nut free.
Each fall, while the children are attending the carnival, their parents are invited to a conference on disability featuring panelists from Princeton’s faculty and experts in the field. Past Keynote speakers have included Emily Srebro, advocate and 5-time medal winner in the 2007 Shanghai, China worldwide special Olympics and Rachel Adams, author of the award winning memoir Raising Henry, and director of the Future of Disabilities Studies Project at Columbia University. Complimentary brunch is provided.
The upcoming carnival will be held on April 23rd, 2017. The carnival will feature a range of activities including art projects, carnival games, and performance acts for children to enjoy with their buddy. We look forward to hosting your children! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
The success of the PDA carnival depends on Princeton students who volunteer their day to spend time with a child. As a volunteer, you'll be paired one-on-one with a child from 9:30am to 3:30pm. You must participate in a (very) brief training session the week before the Carnival and stay for the entire duration of the Carnival. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The lastest volunteers can sign up or drop out is April 15.
This year, we will also be hosting a lunch seminar on April 10th with talks given by Catherine Clune-Taylor, Ph.D. and Sami Schalk, Ph.D.. Clune-Taylor is a post doctoral research associate at Princeton in the department of gender and sexuality studies. Schalk is an assistant professor at the University of Albany-SUNY in the department of English. Read more about their work and interests here and here. Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.