2023 Disability Culture Month

Celebrate Disability Culture Month all September long!

Mizzou began a tradition of celebrating Disability Culture Month, formerly Celebrate Ability Week, every September! Learn about how Mizzou is growing its understanding of disability with our Future is Accessible website, and learn about our rich history of inclusion with our Disability History at Mizzou timeline!

Everyone is welcome at these events. Be sure to check back as we will continually be adding to the list! Add your event to the list by emailing us at equity@missouri.edu. For all ADA inquiries, please email Amber Cheek at CheekA@missouri.edu

Sept. 8, 2023

Disability Center Meet & Greet and Open House

3:30 to 5 p.m.; S5 Memorial Union

The Disability Center serves as a leader in access and inclusion for Mizzou’s disabled students. Come visit our space to learn more about our office, what we do, and to connect with others on the topic of disability!

Sept. 12, 2023

 I Have Anxiety (So What?)

7 to 8:30 p.m.; Stotler Lounge I & II

Presenter: Wes Woodson

Nationally renowned mental health advocate and the author of “I Have Anxiety (So What?)” Wes Woodson will deliver the keynote address for Disability Culture Month. Woodson looks to empower students to take ownership of their mental health and begin the journey to love themselves unapologetically.

Sept. 14, 2023

Understanding Disability Culture and History – A Brief Introduction

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Zoom

Presenter: Amber Cheek

Join us for a multifaceted introduction to disability culture, weaving together imagery, media, and disability history to gain a better understanding of this unique, diverse, and thriving community.

Sept. 19, 2023

Student Accessibility Walk

5 to 6 p.m.; Leadership Auditorium, Student Center

Mizzou Disability Coalition is hosting our annual Student Accessibility Walk! During our walk we will highlight the steps and changes Mizzou has made around campus to promote accessibility as well as inform others on how to be an ally and inclusive to the Disabled Community. We will end the walk with trivia and prizes. This will be a fun and informational event that all students can participate in!

Sept. 25, 2023

Supporting Students with Autism

1 to 2 p.m.; Student Center 2206C

Presenters: Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment

This session will identify common characteristics of college students with autism as well as how to best provide support and address challenges/barriers. Attendees will receive references and resources including working with students on problem solving and goal setting.

Sept. 26, 2023

State of Accessibility & Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award Ceremony

4 to 5:30 p.m.; S304 Memorial Union

Each year, representatives from Mizzou’s disability resources highlight various initiatives that have taken place over the last year creating an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities. During this event, the winners of the annual Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award will be recognized and honored for their work.