Disability Services

Delta Alpha Pi Honors Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter

Delta Alpha Pi is an honors society for students with disabilities. The purpose of this society is to focus on achievement by students with disabilities. The goal of this society will be to demonstrate that students with disabilities are capable of the scholastic accomplishments of their peers and to celebrate those accomplishments. Delta Alpha Pi chapters work to promote the successes of their members and educate others about the rights and possibilities of equitable access.

The Cleveland State chapter was chartered as the Zeta Gamma Chapter in fall 2018 and recognized by SGA in spring of 2019. Our students are an incredible and enthusiastic group of people. We would love for you to join our chapter and celebrate your academic achievement as a student with a disability.

Upcoming Meetings

Fall 2019 meeting dates and locations will be posted near the beginning of the semester. We have been meeting twice per month during spring semester. We will also schedule the induction ceremony near the end of the semester. Please check in to see when our meetings will be for the 2020 academic year.


Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society is open to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. Students initiated into Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society must meet the following criteria:

All students must:

  • Present with a documented disability and work with one of the staff members in the Office of Disability Services, or self-identify as an individual with a disability
  • Demonstrate an interest in disability issues.

Undergraduate students must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 24 credits
  • Earned an overall Quality Point Average of 3.10 on a 4.00 scale.

Graduate students must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 18 credits
  • Earned an overall Quality Point Average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale.

We request that all students that become members of Delta Alpha Pi Honors Society complete the release form to permit staff from the office of Disability Services to verify your eligibility for membership each semester. Please fill out and return the ODS Release to DAPi form and return it to the staff advisor Jeffrey Dell.


Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition this Honor Society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students.

Delta – D for Disability, but also the triangle, symbol of strength. Members of Delta Alpha Pi demonstrate strength as leaders on campus to help break down the barriers of negativism. Also, they serve as mentors and role models for other students with disabilities.

Alpha – A for Achievement. Alpha is the beginning and academic achievement must come first. But also for advocacy because students must advocate for themselves before they can advocate for others. Members of Delta Alpha Pi enhance advocacy skills for themselves and for the rights of all individuals with disabilities to be included fully in society.

Pi – P for Pride, pride in academic achievement and in other accomplishments, not just as students with disabilities but as members of the university community. Pi is a mathematical symbol that we all learned to use in elementary arithmetic classes. So Pi is an appropriate symbol for education. Members of Delta Alpha Pi participate in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding the need to apply the principles of universal design in learning.


Delta Alpha Pi Zeta Gamma Chapter E-mail
Staff Advisor:
Jeffrey Dell
Assistive Technology Specialist
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paula Chan Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor, Special Education Program Department of Teacher Education

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