We are Disability Equality in Education (DEE), supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. DEE began operations in July 2017. As a truly grassroots effort, all leadership of DEE are people with disabilities (both invisible and physical) and we rely on a network of volunteers who are people with disabilities and allies. DEE is affiliated with Disabled in Action (DIA). DIA is a civil rights organization committed to ending discrimination against people with disabilities. We embody the phrase “Nothing about us, without us” in the work we do with schools and colleges.
Curriculum Development for K-12 to Reduce Disability Stigma in Schools:
We have created a disability comprehensive curriculum lesson plan library. This is a resource for teachers to explore disability in multiple contexts (history, math, science and social studies) in the classroom. Our lessons and associated resources are informed by the Social Model of Disability Our focus with education is to normalize the idea of disability with all students. If you are interested in teaching our lessons, but need extra support, we are here for you! DEE can provide free training on teaching disability in the classroom just contact us to learn more.
Disability Pride is the notion that disability is a fundamental intersectional identity and community. Disability Pride celebrations are experiences for people with disabilities to share their stories with fellow comrades and allies. These events enhance the student experience on campus by encouraging discussion and celebration of disabilities. Our Disability Pride Day at Millersville University was a great success. DEE collaborates with colleges to help them build a good foundation to host Disability Pride events year after year. If you are interested in holding a Disability Pride event at your college or university, please contact us.
Meet Our Team
[Image description] Alan poses with Yoshiko Dart. They are both smiling. Yoshiko is wearing a bucket hat with ADAPT across the front and a purple shirt with a power button symbol. Alan is wearing a brown hat and a white disability pride shirt.
Alan (AKA Johnny Crescendo) is the Director of Disability Equality in Education. He is a disability civil rights activist, singer and songwriter, born in Salford, UK. He founded and spearheaded the Direct Action Network (DAN) in 1993. Alan moved to Philadelphia, USA, in 2003 to be with his wife and daughter. He is a member of Philly ADAPT, a disability grassroots activist organization. Listen to Alan talk about DEE on Barrier Free Futures with Bob Kafka here.
Stacy McCafferty is the business administrator for Disability Equality in Education and works to challenge disability stigma in schools and colleges throughout PA. Stacy has been with DEE for 2 years. Stacy earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from La Salle University with honors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
[Image description] Vicki smiles for the camera.
Vicki Landers, the Executive Director of Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc., has joined our team on a part time basis. She has a flair for marketing and event planning, and will be helping us with our sustainability and networking with schools and colleges in Central PA. We are working together on Disability Pride Central PA this October in Harrisburg that will kick off Disability Action Month, and are actively involving schools and colleges.
[Image description] Andrew smiles for the camera.
Andrew Vuocolo has been working different roles in education for the past 7 years. He has spent time as a social studies teacher, science teacher, outreach representative, and an ESL tutor. As an educator, Andrew has seen first hand the effects that stigmas can have on students, and is excited to work for an organization that is committed to getting rid of the stigma put on students with disabilities. In his role as the Education Outreach Specialist, he is focused on getting educators into DEE’s network so they can use our resources and/or provide us with lesson plans for other educators to use.