International Day of Persons with Disabilities

We have created a series of classroom and tournament resources to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We invite you to commemorate the day in your school or community with our special posters featuring speech and debate coaches and alumni! In addition, you’ll find resources to enhance your next practice, classroom, or tournament experience. Get started below!
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Poster Series

Click each image below to view individual posters, or download the complete set.
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Person With Disabilities Poster Series
"SOME SAY THAT SPEECH AND DEBATE HAS CHANGED THEIR LIVES, BUT IT’S STILL CHANGING MINE DAY BY DAY." - Jarrius Adams
Jarrius Adams
"SPEECH AND DEBATE GAVE ME AN OUTLET FOR MY COMPETITIVE SPIRIT. PARTICIPATING IN IT FOR FOUR YEARS, COUNTLESS TOURNAMENTS, GOING TO STATE AND NATIONALS, REALLY HELPED TO SHARPEN MY ACADEMIC AND SPEAKING SKILLS THAT I WILL USE FOREVER." - Alistair Tollar
Alistair Tollar
"SPEECH AND DEBATE WAS MY SAFE PLACE. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE I FELT LIKE I BELONGED ON EARTH. I WASN’T AFRAID TO BE SEEN AND HEARD. I FELT UNSTOPPABLE; EVEN I COULDN’T STOP ME." - Sasha Bogan
Sasha Bogan
"JOINING THE SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM IN HIGH SCHOOL PROVIDED ME A COMMUNITY WILLING TO OVERLOOK MY DIFFERENCES AND ALLOWED ME TO GROW INTELLECTUALLY BY USING MY VOICE. AS A COACH, I HOPE TO PROVIDE MY STUDENTS WITH THE SAME WELCOMING COMMUNITY AND A PLATFORM ON WHICH THEY CAN EFFECT CHANGE THROUGH COMMUNICATION." - Meg Howell-Haymaker
Meg Howell-Haymaker
"DOING SPEECH AND DEBATE WAS A TRULY PRICELESS AND FUN TIME I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR. IT PROVIDED ME A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT TO EXPRESS MYSELF WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH A LOT OF TRANSITION, SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION, AND DISCOVERING WHO I WAS." - Marie Burke
Marie Burke
"SPEECH AND DEBATE PROVIDED ME WITH THE SKILLS TO FORMULATE EFFECTIVE ARGUMENTS, WHICH TRANSLATED INTO THE ABILITY TO ADVOCATE FOR MYSELF AND BE A VOICE FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS. AS A COACH I BELIEVE IN GIVING STUDENTS TOOLS THEY CAN USE TO FIND THEIR OWN PATH, WHEREVER THAT MAY LEAD." - Jan Friedman-Pizzo
Jan Friedman-Pizzo

NSDA Poster Template

You can make your own posters featuring current students, coaches, or alumni from your program! Download the template below and follow the instructions to start creating.

This resource is provided under the framework of our Honor Society. We ask that you please feature individuals who live by our Code of Honor.

Literature Collection

Persons With Disabilities Literature Collection
We invite you to explore our literature collection featuring stories and recommended texts for historical context.
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