The organization is celebrating its four-year anniversary of its website and listserv this month.
Jack Witty, Best Buddies president, says the campus perception of disabilities has progressed substantially over the last few years.
“The change has been really visible,” he said.
The coalition has accomplished a collection of agenda items, like founding the UNC Chapel Hill ADA Legacy Project. This project, which offers an oral history of disability rights at the University, has led to the creation of two disability studies classes.
Junior Hannah Single took a disability studies course with Professor Neel Ahuja in spring 2014 after becoming a volunteer with Best Buddies.
“The class gave me a better perspective on working with people with disabilities,” she said. “Especially when talking about disabilities. I have become more aware of my word choices.”
The coalition has also established three undergraduate student organizations that actively fight for disability justice.
Best Buddies members also lead a disability awareness committee seeking to raise awareness for disability rights, with one of their biggest projects being the annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign.