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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 diversity@missouri.edu. For all ADA inquiries, please email Amber Cheek at CheekA@missouri.edu.

2021 Disability Culture Month Schedule

Tokyo Paralympics Coverage Streaming on Screens in the Student Center 

Aug. 24-Sept. 5 (various times)

Paralympics coverage will be shown on screens in the Student Center throughout the length of the Paralympics, from  August 24-September 5, so drop by the Student Center to watch. 

Cheer on Mizzou’s Ron Lykins, the coach for Team USA’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and our Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball Team, as well as Mizzou student Colin Higgins, an athlete on the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Team.Please see the Paralympics Schedule and follow @MizzouWheelBBall on Instagram for updates.

Women with Autism: Hiding in Plain Sight

September 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Room S203 Memorial Union
Register on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7257049

*This event has been moved from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13.

In this panel session moderated by Dr. Annette Kendall, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri researcher Courtney Jorgenson will share her research on how women and girls with autism present differently from boys, and women with autism will share what they have learned about themselves and their experience with camouflaging who they are to fit in.

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shack in the MU Student Center
No advance registration needed

Come to the Shack for a free showing of the groundbreaking and Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp. View the documentary trailer

Reframing Disability

September 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. CST

Register on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7258638

Join Mizzou Disability Coalition during Disability Culture Month over Zoom to learn from Amanda Kraus, Executive Director for Disability Resources and Campus Life at the University of Arizona, as she discusses how to reframe disability, disability awareness, and the history of the Disabled community. We hope by increasing disability awareness on Mizzou’s campus that it will allow campus to be more inclusive to everyone. At the end of the panel, there will be time for students to participate in the Q&A.

Create a Pain-Free Workstation and Prevent Injury

September 16 at 2 p.m.

Register on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7358949

Are you experiencing neck or back pain while working on the computer during the day? Learn some simple steps for creating a comfortable, healthier workstation whether you are working on campus or at home. Presented by Jennifer Thornhill of the ACT Center.

Beyond Crip Camp: The Disability Community and Disability Rights in America

September 20 at 1 p.m. 
Register on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7257465

Amber Cheek, Mizzou’s ADA Coordinator, will lead a discussion of the evolution of disability rights advocacy and disability rights law, how cultural and historical forces in the United States shaped the experiences of people with disabilities and disability law and policy, and how you can personally advance accessibility and disability rights in your own community on an everyday basis.

Neurodiversity & Entrepreneurship

September 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Room S203 Memorial Union
Register on Engage:
https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7257385

Recent research suggests the symptoms of ADHD foster important traits associated with entrepreneurship. In this panel session moderated by Dr. Annette Kendall, Trulaske College of Business, Assistant Professor James Bort will talk about his research on the connection between ADHD and entrepreneurship and how traditionally negatively viewed traits such as impulsiveness, hyperfocus, and a high activity level can be assets within an entrepreneurial context. Hear also from entrepreneurs who believe their ADHD has played a large role in their success.

Microsoft “Oh” 365 Adaptive Technology

September 22 at 12 p.m. (*registration details pending)

Attend this virtual session to learn about built-in cool features of M365 that are available to you. Presented by Sheila Heather of the ACT Center.

Student Accessibility Walk

September 22 at 4 p.m.
Student Center Room 2206

Register today on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7274446

The Mizzou Disability Coalition is hosting its 5th Annual Student Accessibility Walk to celebrate Disability Culture Month. In this walk, we will highlight the steps that Mizzou has taken to promote accessibility around campus by visiting different areas on campus. We will also inform fellow students about how to be an ally and inclusive to the Disabled community

5 Quick Ways to Check the Accessibility of a Website

September 23 at 10 a.m.
Register on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7257342

Join Carmen Schafer from the Adaptive Computing Technology Center to learn about digital accessibility and website accessibility.

Neurodiversity & Inclusivity at Mizzou

September 27 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Room S203 Memorial Union
Register on Engage:
https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7257186

In this panel discussion, neurodiverse individuals will share their experiences at Mizzou and discuss ways that we can create more inclusive experiences.

State of Accessibility and Annual Lee Henson Awards

September 28th at 3-4:30 p.m. 
Faculty LoungeS304 Memorial Union

The State of Accessibility will highlight various initiatives that are creating an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities at Mizzou.  The Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award was created in honor of Mizzou’s former ADA Coordinator, Lee Henson, who died in 2014 after 20 years of service to the university. This award honors champions of disability and accessibility on campus.

Featured Speaker: Day Al-Mohamed on Disability Representation in Media

September 28 from 5-6:15 p.m.
Register on Engage: https://missouri.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7257433

More than one in ten Americans live with an apparent disability. If you consider invisible disabilities, that number goes up to 1 in 4. Yet, the portrayal of disability in popular culture, like characters in blackface, is often based on stereotypes lacking depth or understanding of the disability experience: exaggerated caricatures of heroes, victims, sidekicks, and villains. Increasingly, these portrayals impact not only the success or failure of creative endeavors, but also impact individual lives.

The protests for the film “Me Before You” are an example of this, and the perception of the value of people living with chronic health conditions during COVID is a reminder of this. Using examples from the publishing industry, independent film, popular culture, and a dash of humor, we will examine disability in media and discuss how to develop authentic disabled representation.

Day Al-Mohamed is an author, documentary filmmaker, Mizzou Law Alum, and disability policy expert.