Disability Culture Month
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 email@example.com. 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
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
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
6 – 9 p.m.
Sept. 27, 2022
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.