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Call for Stories: California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability

Image description: Blue logo with withe letters that read: CAPED. On the right is text in white that reads California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability

The California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED) is excited to partner with the Disability Visibility Project® with this call for stories for the CAPED community.

The CAPED storytelling campaign will start on April 23rd and end on September 30, 2018. All you need is a smartphone or a laptop with a program that can record audio. Details below.

This is an opportunity to capture the advocacy and work of CAPED members and the post-secondary educational experiences of students with disabilities. Short audio clips from some of these stories (including text transcripts) will be presented at the 2018 CAPED convention in October.

We encourage educators, administrators, faculty, staff, and students to share their stories centered on the experiences students with disabilities. Consider interviewing a colleague or student, or telling your own story using the StoryCorps app. The Disability Visibility Project® is a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

How to Participate

All you need is a smartphone or a laptop with a program that can record audio. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Decide whether you want to tell your story by yourself or if you would like to have a conversation with another person.
  2. Set up a time to chat and prepare questions or keep it loose. Have fun! It’s up to you on what you want to talk about but here are a few suggested topics: 
  • Emergent issues facing schools and students with disabilities in California
  • Diverse student populations (e.g., veterans, LGBTQIA, students of color, undocumented students)
  • Inequality and ableism in post-secondary institutions
  • Accessibility on campus
  • Challenges and barriers faced by students with disabilities
  • Disability pride and identity
  • Transitioning into employment after post-secondary education (e.g. challenges faced, best practices, success stories)
  • Accommodations process: best practices and problems
  • Assistive technology
  • Service provision
  • Building trust and respect with students
  • History of CAPED and CAPED today as an organization

3. If you have a smartphone, download the StoryCorps app from iTunes or Google Play. Follow the guidelines on using the StoryCorps app for the Disability Visibility Project® here:

4. If you don’t have a smartphone, open a StoryCorps account from your computer: You will be able to upload an audio file manually. You should also use the guidelines from the DVP. When you record your story you will need to use a program on your computer that can record audio such as GarageBand, Windows Voice Recorder or something free you can download such as Audacity.

5. Be prepared to upload a photo, basic information, and keywords related to your story after you are done recording.

6. Super important! Be sure to add “Disability Visibility Project” and “CAPED” (without quote marks) as 2 keywords so we can find and keep track of your interview!

Keep in Mind

  • Do not mention names or situations that you want to keep private or confidential.
  • By using the StoryCorps app, your story will appear in several places publicly: on the Storycorps online archive, the DVP website, and the Library of Congress (through a partnership with StoryCorps).
  • For more: StoryCorps’ Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Contact Rachel Stewart at or 916-558-2590

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