Small Steps of Purdue

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The real Boilermakers who receive support from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Purdue are telling their stories.

Disability takes countless forms — most not even externally visible. In honor of this vast diversity among students with disabilities, students who use the DRC are standing up one by one to tell their stories. These students show that there’s no one way to be a Boilermaker, but Boilermakers do have some core values in common — determination. Positivity. Passion. Mutual care and support. And you’ll see those values coming through in every one of their small steps.

Grace sits on a bench, smiling, at Horticulture Park.

Being a Boilermaker means I get to have dreams and succeed — something that, for a while, I was afraid I wasn’t allowed to have.

Grace Bowling Senior, Math/Physics

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Betty Nelson, former Purdue dean of students

Early advocacy paved way for Purdue’s thriving Disability Resource Center

It’s a source of endless pride for early advocates that today’s Boilermakers with disabilities have ample opportunities to succeed.

Celeste sits outside in his wheelchair, smiling

Pete’s story: I’ve been where you are

I used the DRC as a student. Now I work there, getting students access to the services they need.

Mikaela is wearing a shirt that says “Boilers”

Mikaela’s story: I didn’t have an IEP. I got help anyway.

I never needed accommodations until my sophomore year, but the DRC didn’t hesitate to offer the help I needed.

Madeline smiles at the camera

Madeline’s story: Crohn’s gave me a passion

My experience with Crohn’s is the reason I’m studying to be a pharmacist.

Close-up photo of Em smiling

Em’s story: Advocating for self-acceptance

Once I finally got on board with my ADHD diagnosis, it felt like I was embracing myself.

Grace sits on a bench at Horticulture Park with her laptop

Grace’s story: Determined to succeed

People often question my abilities. But once they get to know me, they see I have solid ideas.

David poses at Krach Leadership Center, wearing a Purdue baseball hat and polo shirt

David’s story: Positivity matters

I’m a positive person, and the DRC’s support helps build on that. I can participate in college life like anybody.

Student stands in front of book stacks at a library, arms crossed.

Daniella’s story: Dyslexia is my superpower

Early on, there was a disconnect with everything that I read. In third grade, I was diagnosed with dyslexia.