As a freshman and again as a junior, Alyse Brewer participated in the Diversity Monologues and shared what it is like to live with cerebral palsy. What happened afterward each time struck her. “So many people came up to me to say things like, ‘I have a learning disability, and I really relate to you,’” recalls Alyse. “Because my disability is so visual, it offered a platform to talk about disability. I realized that I wanted to start a conversation for people with disabilities on campus.” Disability Awareness Week was born. The week-long event included a panel discussion, lectures and an adaptive sports night. “My favorite was sit volleyball,” says Alyse. “We sat on the floor, lowered the net and—for the first time in 22 years—I played volleyball. It blew my mind.” Director of Disability Services Shammah Bermudez, Alyse’s partner in planning, says Alyse “is a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities who also embodies the core values that Ursinus holds true.” Now that she has graduated, Alyse plans to become a physician’s assistant and work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help kids who have disabilities.
Faces of Ursinus
Alyse Brewer ’17