Dr. Chris Stone joined Washington University as Director of Disability Resources (DR) in May 2020. Dr. Stone leads Disability Resources in its efforts to assist disabled students in meeting their academic and personal development goals, and supports the University community in the broader mission of inclusivity and opportunity for disabled students at Washington University.
He and his colleagues believe in the value of establishing an institution and culture that allows for the full participation and engagement of disabled students at Washington University—whether inside or outside the classroom— and that the creation of such a landscape is a responsibility shared by the DR, the University, and the WashU community (including disabled students). Chris advocates situating disability within the broader context of diversity, and recognizing the ways in which the intersectionality of disability and other identities can impact students’ equitable inclusion, access, and sense of place within a community.
Chris has served on the board of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and the North Carolina affiliate of AHEAD (NCAHEAD). He co-chaired AHEAD’s annual conference (2016), served on an AHEAD work group examining the AHEAD assessment tools available for campuses and departments seeking to evaluate their efforts on behalf of students with disabilities, and, was the Accessibility Advisor to the 2022 ACPA Convention. In March 2020, Dr. Stone gave a keynote address and was a featured presenter at the Inaugural Inclusion School conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Following graduation from Central College (Pella, IA), Chris taught 7-12 Literature and Language Arts and coached track and cross-country before attending St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA) and earning his M Ed: Post-Secondary Disabilities Services. Chris completed his Ed D from George Washington University, in Washington, DC. On weekends, Chris and his wife can often be found with their St. Bernard, Annie, walking St. Louis’ parks and WashU’s public (outside!) areas.