Volunteering Opportunity: National Association of Law Students with Disabilities

In late January 2007, the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the American Bar Association helped establish the National Association of Law Students With Disabilities (NALSWD) in order to identify areas of concern for disabled law students and to foster dialogue amongst all stakeholders about the most efficacious strategies for grappling with the disability-related challenges that law school entails.

NALSWD is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination in legal education and in the legal profession.

We aim to support the growing number of law students with disabilities by providing a safe and supportive community to connect with other students with disabilities from across the globe, to network with lawyers with disabilities, to acquire information about career opportunities and advice on succeeding in law school and the legal profession.

To date, we have made our presence felt in more than 20 top law schools in the United States and have formed various committees in addition to ratifying a written Constitution and bylaws for the organization.

With the enactment of various international instruments on disability law, most notably the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(UNCRPD) and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Books to People Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled,
disability has emerged as an international rights issue. Issues pertaining to the rights of the disabled can no longer be confined within national boundaries.

Therefore, it is essential to understand how disability is perceived by different groups and how it is conceptualized from different perspectives in order to undertake more robust collaborative international efforts to address challenges faced by disabled law students that have a universal character.

We are always looking for law & pre-law students to take a more active role in NALSWD, so if you have any interest in getting more involved in the organization, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

More specifically, we would love to know your views/ideas with regard to the following four areas:

1. Initiatives that can be undertaken for addressing the most common challenges that are faced by disabled law students across the globe, with special reference to India;

2. Efforts that can be undertaken for fostering dialogue at the international level about the challenges that are faced by disabled law students;

3. Ways in which our resources can best be used to help disabled law students across the globe; and

4. Strategies for reaching out to more law students who may be able to benefit from our guidance and support.

We are doing exciting things and would love to hear from you. You can find out more about us at:

Website: www.nalswd.org

Contact: Rahul Bajaj, [email protected], 09890281068

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