Student Disability Commission

Meet The Team

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Christine Lew (she/her)
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Hello everyone! I’m a senior here at the University of Washington, double majoring in Psychology and Disability Studies, with a minor in American Sign Language. Both of my parents are Deaf (CODA!), and my focus is mainly in Deaf pride/advocacy, but as a mad-identifying individual, I’ve been starting to focus on the intersections of Deaf/CODA identities and psychological trauma/mental illness. I’ve been involved with Special Olympics Washington for several years, and I’m a volunteer with the Hearing, Speech, and Deaf Center (HSDC) in Seattle. I was the Assistant Director for the SDC in 2018-2019, and the Director last year. If you have any ideas for the SDC, I would be thrilled to chat about them. Catch me in the office someday (when the world isn’t on fire and we have the option to be back in person) or shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to set up a Zoom chat!

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Assistant Director

Devon Sheehan (she/her)

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asuwsdc2@uw.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Devon Sheehan and I am a Junior here at the UW. I am majoring in Political Science, History of Gender, Class and Power, and Law, Societies and Justice in addition to being a UW Interdisciplinary honors student. I served last year as the Advocacy Data Specialized Lead, but I am excited to serve the SDC as the Assistant Director this year. I am passionate about inclusionary learning and making campus more accessible to everyone whether they are a student, staff or visitor. This year I am also serving as the Vice President of the Political Science Honors Society and as a student representative of Unite UW. When I am not serving the community, I like reading, going on hikes and hanging out with my friends at the Unite UW house.

Interns

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Community Outreach Coordinator

Jim Lawler (he/him)

I got involved with SDC because a community member of mine recommended the organization and I stayed because of the community facilitated by our incredible leaders Christine and Devon! My advocacy focus is on Disability Justice, Access to Education, Geriatric/Bariatric Care, Environmental Justice and Queer Identity. In my free time I like to read and play copious amounts of Breath of the Wild.

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Public Policy Intern

Grace Fredman (she/her)

Junior, Law, Societies & Justice major

I got involved in disability activism because disability access and inclusion issues are too often left out of conversations about how to create equitable work, school, and social environments. Disability is experienced by many, learned about by few, and seldom considered by educators and policymakers, and I hope to change that narrative! One fun fact about me is that I go by my middle name (my first name is Victoria) because my mom named me after her! On the weekends I like to bake, read, and try new restaurants (in a COVID-safe manner, of course)!

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Ishira Parikh (she/her)

Senior, Disability Studies and Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology majors

As an aspiring physician, I’m extremely passionate about incorporating the social model of disability and advocating for people with disabilities in healthcare. Outside of SDC, I promote inclusive education by creating accessible curriculum with Synbio for Everyone, volunteer for a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Seattle Children’s, and serve as Co-president of Healthcare Alternative Spring Break (HCASB). I enjoy taking long walks, editing photos, and drinking way too many lattes. I’m super excited to work on disability advocacy in the UW community!

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Administrative Assistant

Katherine Chamblin (she/her)

Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences major, Disability Studies minor

My first year at UW, I was struck when I was introduced to the social model of disability. I began to realize how disabling the structure of our society and community is. I want to be a part of a movement for accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities, and create meaningful change. I have never had Chipotle or Chick-fil-a. I love taking walks, especially ones that explore different neighborhoods of Seattle, browsing Zillow for houses I will never live in, listening to music, rollerskating (when the IMA has Friday Night Activities) and watching cooking videos on YouTube.

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Malikai Bass (he/him)

Graduate Student, Museology

Malikai has been involved in formal disability activism since the age of fourteen as an Autistic self-advocate. Malikai advocates heavily for visible changes for invisible disabilities and is very passionate about bathrooms! On the weekends, he tutors, plays video games, and hangs out with his dog.

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Advocacy and Outreach Volunteer

Toby Gallant (he/him)

Freshman, Education and Political Science major, Disability Studies Minor

Hi everyone! I’m Toby! I’m super excited to be serving as the Advocacy and Outreach Intern this year for the SDC! Through participation in Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and working as an aide for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I have become involved in disability advocacy and awareness. I’m super passionate about education reform, especially through creating curriculum and policies to ensure accessibly and inclusionary measures for all students. In my free time I love exploring the outdoors, going thrifting, and finding new coffee shops.

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Joyce Lin (she/her)

Junior, Interaction Design major, Art History and Ethics minors

Even though I’m hard of hearing, I grew up mainstreamed and didn’t know anything about Deaf culture or the disability community until I got to UW. I joined the SDC and got involved with disability activism last year because there are so many issues with accessibility that I have felt firsthand growing up, but learned to stay silent. I realized that this is a huge disservice not only to myself but to everyone else who isn’t aware of how to be inclusive and accessible to disabled people. I want to bring this experience at the SDC into my future work as an interaction designer and to create accessible products (especially when this is so overlooked) when I graduate. In my free time, I take on a lot of design projects to explore causes I’m passionate about, and love going on hikes, being outdoors, traveling, and visiting art museums!

Sally stands outside on a path and smiles at the camera.Student Advisory Board Representative

Sally Xinle Zhou (she/her)

Postbacc, Speech and Hearing Sciences

I would like to address the intersectionality between disability activism, public health, and racial inequality in our community. I am hoping that all UW students (marginalized groups, non-traditional college students, international students, transfer students, the list goes on!) who identify with a disability/disabilities are celebrated and supported! I LOVE exploring the nature, going on hikes in the beautiful national forests surrounding us here in Washington. I also love baking and making my own kombucha!