"Disability Culture" in black text on a gold tiger stripe background. Includes symbols for universal access, therapy dogs, wheelchair accessibility, TTY, assistive listening, braille, ASL, blind, audio description, closed captioning, low vision, phone volume and disabilities.

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. 7, 2022

Disability Center Meet & Greet

3:30 – 5 p.m.; Tiger Terrace Patio

Are you looking to connect with others who have disabilities? Now’s your chance! The Disability Center, along with colleagues in the ACT Center and Office of Accessibility and ADA are hosting this social event designed to allow students, faculty, and staff with disabilities the opportunity to network with others in the disability community while also meeting the staff who support these efforts on campus. 

Sept. 14, 2022

Understanding Disability Culture and History – A Brief Introduction

3 – 4 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. 16, 2022

Minimize Fatigue and Pain While At Work

10 – 11 a.m.; Zoom

Presenter: Jennifer Thornhill

Jennifer Thornhill, from MU’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center, is a certified ergonomic assessment specialist. She has helped MU faculty and staff for the last 18 years, rearrange their workstations and maximize their productivity levels. In this session you will learn new ideas and technology for specific areas of the body. Jennifer’s receives great feedback and products from her customers regarding fatigue and pain and now she is bringing those ideas to you. 

Sept. 16, 2022

Disability Center Open House

3 – 5 p.m.; S5 Memorial Union

The Disability Center has a new look! Through funding provided by the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee, we’ve updated our lobby to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for our visitors. Please stop by our office to see our newly redesigned space. 

Sept. 19, 2022

“OH” 365 Accessibility Tools

Noon – 1 p.m.; Zoom

Presenter: Sheila Heather

The accessibility features of Office 365 that makes work easier for everyone! Sheila Heather from Mizzou’s ACT Center will provide an overview of these features and how they can help you in your work or studies.

Sept. 20, 2022

Mizzou Disability Coalition Student Accessibility Walk

5 p.m.; Leadership Auditorium

Join Mizzou Disability Coalition as we learn and see how Mizzou celebrates accessibility during Mizzou’s Disability Culture Month! We will tour accessible parts of campus, as well as learning about disability etiquette and culture. At the end of the walk we will conclude with a Kahoot (with prizes!). Hope to see you there!

Sept. 21, 2022

Introduction to Digital Accessibility

10 – 11 a.m.; Zoom

Presenter: Carmen Schafer

This session is an introduction to digital accessibility for content creators. Access to websites and digital content is essential for employment, education, and independent living. We can produce digital content that makes it more or less usable for people with disabilities. The goal of digital accessibility is to create content available and usable by as many people as possible, including those with disabilities. In this session, we will cover what digital accessibility is, and the basic techniques designers, creators, and editors can use to improve the accessibility of digital content.

Sept. 22, 2022

Disability Culture Month Film: CODA

8 – 10 p.m.; RSVP to learn more

An English-language remake of the 2014 French-Belgian film La Famille Bélier, it stars Emilia Jones as the titular child of deaf adults (CODA) and only hearing member of a deaf family, who attempts to help her family’s struggling fishing business, while pursuing her own aspirations of being a singer.

Sept. 23, 2022

Wheelchair Relay

6 – 9 p.m.

Sept. 27, 2022

RSO Accessibility Panel

5 – 6 p.m.

Being an accessible Recognized Student Organization matters. The way you plan/host events, recruit members, and advertise yourselves can sometimes create barriers you didn’t even know about. The Organization Resource Group presents a panel of Mizzou Student Leaders who will talk about different ways you can make your RSO more accessible to others! Join us for an hour of conversation surrounding accessibility in student organizations!

Sept. 28, 2022

State of Accessibility & Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award Ceremony

4 – 5:30 p.m.; S304 Memorial Union

Sept. 29, 2022

Life Changing Assistive Technology

3 – 4 p.m.; Zoom

Presenter: Darren Gabbert

During this presentation, Darren will share his story of how assistive technology has increased his abilities at a faster pace than muscular dystrophy has diminished them. Darren’s use of advanced technology will be highlighted with demonstrations of powered mobility, mobile technology access, and employment productivity.