learning community, narrative literacy, adults with intellectual disabilities, collaborative learning


Building relationships between traditional college students and adults with disabilities is an important yet little understood aspect of civic engagement. The case study presented in this paper built one such relationship by utilizing a shared narrative project to construct an equitable collaborative experience between a set of students from Wagner College and some adults with intellectual disabilities from a community organization, Lifestyles for the Disabled. We also discuss learning outcomes of this project, which included a deeper understanding and connection between people who learn differently.

David S. Gordon is Assistant Professor of Education at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.

Cyril Ghosh is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Wagner College.