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Founders Gallery

August 17, 2020 - November 7, 2020

Gallery Hours
M–F, 10am–5pm

The Learning Disabilities Foundation of America (LDFA) grants funds to organizations and institutions each year that promote awareness and education about learning disabilities. Located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the LDFA provides funds for research and education and to broaden the base of public awareness in the field of Learning Disabilities. The Foundation provides support for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, and specifically for the accurate identification, ongoing evaluation and complete education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities.

Meagan Grant, Director of the Academic Access Studio and Blyth Hazen, Animation and Interactive Media Faculty, submitted a grant proposal and the LDFA awarded money for the two projects seen here. The focus of both of these projects was self-advocacy. The transition from high school to college can be a challenging one and students with learning disabilities must quickly learn to advocate for themselves. This task can be daunting with new expectations, new instructors, and a new environment. It was the goal to make both of these projects entertaining, engaging, and informative.

Two teams of students worked diligently to create both of these projects through research, development, collaboration, and creation. Managing their course load was difficult enough, but then the onset of COVID-19 posed a new hurdle. Each of these artists continued with dedication and enthusiasm throughout a stressful and uncertain time.

We are proud to present:

Keith Davis ’22 & Deonne Sousa ’20
Our Guide to Self Advocacy
Digital animation, 2020

Dorian Eason ’20 & Anya Voshchullo ’21
Pawsabilities: Self Advocacy in College
Video game, 2020


In spring 2020, we were proud to have the creators of the projects speak with Industry Professionals!


Keith Davis and Deonne Sousa in conversation with Taylor K. Shaw, CEO/Founder of Black Women Animate!


Dorian Eason in conversation with Game Designer, Illustrator, and Educator, Abe Tena!

Playable game available here.