The McBurney Disability Resource Center Speakers Bureau is a peer education program that provides insight into the experiences a person with a disability or a member of the Deaf community may have on our campus and elsewhere. Speakers are individuals who have personal experiences with disability or are allies of the disability community. Speakers are primarily students, although faculty and staff also participate. Speakers discuss personal disability experiences, cultural differences (e.g., Deaf culture, disability in an international culture, etc.) as well as societal messages about disability, ableism and inclusion.
Programs can be general discussions about the community of people with disabilities or can focus on a specific topic such as Deaf culture or disability activism. Panels can provide a brief overview of disability history, give personal stories, review terminology, develop discussions through activities, provide personal perspective on disability and cultural issues, and otherwise engage the audience in a discussion of disability and cultural issues and concerns. The requesting group or contact person and the Speakers Bureau Coordinator work together to tailor each program to the needs and interests of the audience.
Interested in educating your class, student organization, residence hall, staff group or other campus/community organization on disability issues?
Presentation topics include:
Complete the McBSpeaks Program Request Form Survey to request a speaker.
As a volunteer speaker for the McBurney Speakers Bureau, you have the opportunity to speak on panels or solo, educate peers and the campus community, share your personal experiences, inform and empower, dispel myths, fight discrimination and spread the message of equality.
Volunteers complete a training with the Speakers Bureau Coordinator and other Bureau volunteers. At the completion of training, volunteers are contacted by email and offered speaking engagements as requests are submitted. Most volunteers do 3-5 assignments per semester, as their schedules permit. No prior experience is necessary.
Complete the McBSpeaks New Speaker Information Survey to volunteer.