Student Groups that Support Persons with Disabilities
Cornell Minds Matter (CMM)
A student organization that works to promote mental health and well-being, decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking out mental health resources. Members of Cornell Minds Matter serve as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and administration at Cornell to guide policy and resources to serve the Cornell community. CMM holds workshops, training sessions, guest lectures and fun stress-reducing events, community services outing and other activities. An annual publication discusses various topics related to mental health through essays, poems and art.
Cornell Union for Disabilities Awareness (CUDA)
A union of people with disabilities and allies in the Cornell community dedicated to education, awareness and activism in support of disabilities issues. CUDA is dedicated to encouraging constructive, issued-based conversation and debate and works to achieve this goal through a variety of avenues on campus and beyond. CUDA meets weekly to discuss issues impacting persons with disabilities.
Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society Participate in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding disability issues and the need to apply the principles of universal design in learning. Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society work for an “aDAPtable” world.
Disabilities Service Troop (DST)
Assists students with temporary and permanent disabilities living on campus. Volunteers will assist with tasks such as getting groceries from Max Market or other on-campus stores, pick up or return books to the library, or doing laundry. Other activities may be added as individual needs are addressed. Currently the DST is supported by Student Disability Services, CUDA (Cornell Union for Disabilities Awareness, the Public Service Center, Gannett Health Services, Cornell Tradition and the Student Assembly.
Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service (EARS)
A student-run organization offering counseling, training and outreach programs. It is open to all members of the Cornell community. The drop-in and phone counseling room at 213 Willard Straight is open daily during the academic year. Counseling is free and confidential. Training in communication and counseling skills is offered at three levels each semester. Outreach programs are provided for campus groups.
Facts, Advocacy, and Control of Epileptic Seizures (FACES)
A student organization that assists individuals with seizure disorders with managing their epilepsy and developing positive self esteem in order to build a successful life. This is accomplished through education, services and research. FACES helps youth and their families deal with the psychological and social impacts involved with seizures to improve how they are perceived and accepted in society.