Jenni Sandler, left, and Julie Pollard share the same goals of equity, inclusion and opportunity for people with disabilities in higher education. Learn how their unique experiences influence the work they do today.
They shared their stories in an article originally published in the print edition of the Federal Way Mirror on June 1, 2018.
By Jenni Sandler
When I started at Highline in 2001, I was charged with one singular mission by our then vice president for Academic Affairs: to expand Highline’s reach to include students with intellectual disabilities in campus programming and services.
Highline already had an employment program funded through King County focused on providing community-based services to this population, dating back to the late 1970s. The program’s focus had been to support individuals with disabilities to live and work in their communities alongside their peers, family and friends.
It had little to no campus recognition or awareness …
Over the loudspeaker the bulletin announcer read, “If you’re interested in volunteering at Camp Easter Seal come to the counseling center and pick up an application.” I was intrigued.
It was 1985; I was 14 and ready for a little freedom. I picked up the application materials and learned the camp was for people with disabilities. I wasn’t sure who that meant exactly, but I filled out the application anyway with visions of a week with no parents and the chance to meet boys — and got in.
I arrived to camp excited at my opportunity for freedom. The week began, and I fell in love. Not with a boy, but a mission. …
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