"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.

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

Disability Culture Month Panel

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

Sept. 15, 78:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom

The Disability Culture Month Panel covers various topics on disability, such as etiquette, language and how to be an ally in the disabled community. There will be 5 speakers who will take questions and a discussion will follow.

Register through Engage.

Life Changing Assistive Technology: Opening Doors to Success!

Sept. 16, noon-1:00 p.m.

In this presentation Darren Gabbert demonstrates and discusses the technology that enables him to be productive despite an advanced form of muscular dystrophy. From his adaptive workstation he will take you through some of the doors that technology has opened up for him in terms of powered mobility, smartphone technology, desktop productivity, and augmentative communication. Mr. Gabbert is an MU graduate and has worked for the University for over 30 years.

Register through Engage.

Crip Camp Discussion Panel

Sept. 23, noon-1:00 p.m.

Join us for a stimulating “book club” conversation on the groundbreaking documentary, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.”  Haven’t had a chance to see the documentary yet?  You can view it prior to this event on Netflix or for free on YouTube

Register through Engage.

Student Accessibility Walk

Image of students in front of Memorial Union

Sept. 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom

Interact with Mizzou Disability Coalition members, over Zoom, as they share their favorite tips about keeping campus accessible. Following the sessions will be a Kahoot trivia about accessibility with prizes donated by Freddy’s, Insomnia, Smoothie King and more!

Register through Engage.

State of Accessibility and Lee Henson Awards Ceremony

Lee Henson inquire about rights

Sept. 30, 4-5:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom

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. Join the MU Disability Center and the Office of Accessibility and ADA for this great event!

Register through Engage.

Wheelchair Basketball Panel

Sept. 29, 5-6:30 p.m.

Come meet the members of Mizzou’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and learn about wheelchair basketball and adaptive recreation! This Zoom session will include wheelchair basketball demonstration videos, and conversation with the members of the team. U.S. Paralympic coach, Ron Lykins, will also discuss experiences on and off the court. This event is hosted by the Wheelchair Basketball Team at Mizzou.

Register through Engage.