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People with disabilities deal with barriers and exclusion on a daily basis, which is due to stigmatization. Although accessibility can and is often addressed, the social barriers are what truly prevent complete immersion. The judgment and pre-conceived opinions of people with disabilities only further separate the disabled from the able-bodied and therefore make it even harder for them to advocate for themselves. We want to teach individuals not to fear people with disabilities but to rather accept them and embrace them as who they are. Additionally, we want to break down the barriers that society puts up between these two communities and foster overall acceptance.

Inclusion of people with disabilities into mainstream society provides people with a sense of empowerment, a way to be self-sufficient and comfort with their own bodies. To break down the stigmatization of disability, the social model of disability should be taught and highlighted as a way for the general society to include and recognize the barriers people with disabilities face on a daily basis.

Meet the Coordinators


Markian Borkowsky

Coordinator, Abilities


Doug Lappe

Coordinator, Abilities

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Hello incoming first-years, we are incredibly excited to be representing the newly re-named Abilities Issue area for FYSOP25, get pumped! Our names are Doug Lappe and Markian Borkowsky and we are hoping to make this FYSOP an eye-opening experience. No matter your background, be prepared to get riled up and discover your passion for Abilities.


Studying Athletic Training as a junior in Sargent College, Doug is involved with the Ultimate Frisbee club team on campus and also works at Fitrec in the Aquatics department. There, Doug teaches swim lessons to children in Boston and lifeguards as well. One of Doug’s passions is the Colleges against Cancer Committee that he serves on and specifically the Relay for Life event that he helps put on every spring. Besides for what he is involved with on campus, Doug enjoys going out for runs, playing video games, and just hanging out with friends having a good time.

A junior in Sargent College, Markian is studying Health Science with hopes to work in the medical career. Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Markian plays the French horn in the BU band, and is a volunteer at the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism. Nothing makes Markian happier than being outside and enjoying the beautiful weather that Boston has to offer, unless it is during the winter months. When not taking a walk, Markian is either working on a paint-by-numbers or chilling with friends.

What we hope to do this year is teach individuals to not fear people with disabilities but to rather accept them and embrace them as who they are. Understanding that many disabilities are in fact created and enforced by society allow for people who are marginalized to advocate for themselves and demand equal rights. Through social inclusion and personal acceptance, any person living with a disability can live an equal or more meaningful life than anyone else.

Markian Borkowsky & Doug Lappe

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