Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society was founded in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania to recognize high-achieving college and university students with disabilities. A review of existing national collegiate honor societies revealed a variety that were based on population-specific characteristics such as: gender, ethnicity, age or veteran status, but none related to disability. Delta Alpha Pi sought to fill that void.
In addition to recognizing academic achievement, Delta Alpha Pi seeks to lessen and eventually eliminate the stigma and negative stereotyping that have been associated historically with disability. By working for an “aDAPtable world,” the members of Delta Alpha Pi challenge society to view disability as an aspect of diversity, existing on a continuum throughout an individual’s lifespan, and encourage the implementation of universal design, so that the environment (learning,physical, attitudinal), not the individual, adjusts to provide access to individuals.
Students who become members of Delta Alpha Pi identify themselves as honor students who have a disability. By their open acknowledgement of their disability status, they serve as role models for other students with disabilities and advance the goals of Delta Alpha Pi on their campuses and in the community. By recognizing their academic accomplishments, we honor them and acknowledge their determination and perseverance.
Delta Psi, NKU’s chapter of Delta Alpha Pi International (DAPi) Honor Society, is advised by the Office for Student Accessibility. Delta Psi was established in 2017 and is the first chapter of DAPi established in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Students who meet qualifications for DAPi are invited by OSA during the Spring semester to be inducted.