"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 is starting a new tradition of celebrating Disability Culture Month, formerly Celebrate Ability Week, every September! To kick off this inaugural year, and to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we’ll be celebrating all year long. Check out and use #ADA30Mizzou and #ADA30 across social media to share how you’re celebrating.

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 diversity@missouri.edu.

March 18

Allies for Access photo on Traditions Plaza. People using wheelchairs and on stage.

Allies for Access Photo at 5 p.m. on Traditions Plaza. Rain location: Jesse Hall Rotunda. Come together to show your support for disability inclusion and access at Mizzou!

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March 19

Black and white wheelchair tornado art from photo show.

Wheelchair Tornadoes artist lecture and reception from 5-7 p.m. at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery (A125 Fine Arts Building). Come see Diana Temple’s thesis exhibition in collaboration with Matt Ebert. There will be around 20 photographs and two accessible interactive frames with an aim of highlighting accessibility. The show will be on display from March 16-April 3 and is free and open to the public.

April 15

The R Word film logo with green pasture and blue clouded sky. Imposed award images of SXSW EDU and ReelAbilities film festivals.

The R-Word film screening at 6 p.m. in Wrench Auditorium (Memorial Union South). Boone County Family Resources is sponsoring this screening, which will be followed by an online Q&A with the producer.

About the film: Filmmaker Amanda Lukoff grew up advocating for her sister Gabrielle, especially whenever she heard the word retard(ed). With The R-Word, she unravels the history and lasting effects of this word through the lens of the sibling experience, captivating animation sequences, and self-advocates speaking truth-to-power — ultimately making the case for why the conversation surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities needs to change. Learn more about the R Word.