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  Delta Alpha Pi

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

“Working for an aDAPtable World”

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Alpha Omicron Chapter of Delta Alpha Pi

Delta Alpha Pi was founded in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, as the first honor society specifically recognizing the academic achievements of students with disabilities. Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant frequently to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their achievements. In addition this honor society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for student participants.   

The University of Texas at Arlington’s chapter, Alpha Omicron, was formed during the Spring of 2010 as one of the first chapters in the state of Texas. The three Greek letters stand for Disability, Achievement, and Pride.

Delta: D is for disability but also the triangle, symbol of strength. Members demonstrate strength as leaders on campus to help break down the barriers of negativism.  Also they serve as role models for other students with disabilities.

Alpha: A for achievement. Alpha is the beginning and academic achievement must come first. But also for advocacy because students must advocate for themselves before they can advocate for others. Members of Delta Alpha Pi enhance advocacy skills for themselves and the rights of all individuals with disabilities to be included fully in society.

Pi: P for pride. Pride in academic achievement and in other accomplishments, not just as students with disabilities but as members of the university community.  Pi is a mathematical symbol that we all learn to use in elementary arithmetic classes so Pi is appropriate symbol for education. Delta Alpha Pi participates in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding the need to apply the principles of universal design.

Membership

Members display pride in their academic accomplishments as honor students who happen to have a disability. Delta Alpha Pi members strive to change the negative perception that students with disabilities cannot achieve academically. Through public recognition, leadership and visible participation in educational activities, Honor Society members counteract such prejudice.

Students who are initiated into the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society should meet the following criteria:

Undergraduates

  • Present with a documented disability and work with one of the faculty members in the Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits
  • Maintain an overall Grade Point Average of 3.1
  • Demonstrate an interest in disability issues

Graduates

  • Present with a documented disability and work with one of the faculty in the Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Complete a minimum of 18 credits
  • Maintain an overall Grade Point Average of 3.3
  • Demonstrate an interest in disability issues

If you would like more information about membership or DAPi, Alpha Omicron activities, please feel free to DAPi, Alpha Omicron Chapter/Office for Student with Disabilities.

University Hall, Room 102
Phone: 817-272-3364
TTY: 1-800-RELAY TX
Email: osd@uta.edu

OR

Demarice Ferguson, MS, CRC, Associate Director
Phone: 817-272-3364
Email: demarice@uta.edu

OR

Sarah Rose, Ph.D., Co-Advisor
Phone: 817-272-0636
Email: srose@uta.edu

Visit the national DAPi website for additional info.

An aDAPtable World

Delta Alpha Pi is the first honor society specifically recognizing the academic achievements of students with disabilities. UT Arlington’s Alpha Omicron chapter was one of the first in the state of Texas.

Delta Alphi Pi International

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