Disability Story Project
Disability Awareness week!
October is Disability Awareness Month, and Northern Arizona University hosts a week-long series of events that celebrate the true diversity that disability brings to the world. Disability is far too often overlooked as part of diversity. At NAU, we are trying to highlight that disability is a natural part of life, and that it is not a tragedy. We invite you to join the NAU community for Disability Awareness Week. Experience the rich diversity that disability has to offer and start to imagine a truly inclusive society for all people!
Without people with disabilities, this world would be a very boring place to live!
Following is a calendar of events for October 28 through November 1:
Monday Oct 28th Vectors of Autism, 5:30 pm in the DuBois -Meadows room **Please note the time and location change**
This 40-minute documentary film is about being an adult with autism in a world that is definitely not autistic. Laura Nagle is a 57-year old woman who has much to say about autism and the influence autism has had on her life. In this documentary, Laura explains the reality of the struggles faced by those who think and experience the world differently, but it also encourages the examination of the strengths of the individual and how a shift in our perspectives might better support those living on the autism spectrum.
Along with stunning drawings and watercolors by Laura Nagle, creative animation and original music, this documentary is a visual and aural feast that both entertains and educates about autism in adulthood.
There will be a question and answer session with Laura Nagle following the film!
Tuesday Oct 29th The NAU Speech and Debate Team presents "What is True Inclusion?" 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the NAU Union -Kaibab
Despite the fact that people with disabilities face discrimination on virtually all societal levels and constitute one of the most marginalized minority groups within our country, issues of exclusion are rarely ever discussed. In order to evaluate the way that people with disabilities have been excluded within our society, the NAU Speech and Debate Team will be offering an informative panel in attempts to answer one of the most important questions facing the disability community; "What is True Inclusion?". Focusing on topics such as sexuality, media representations, educational access, and treatment within the medical field, this panel will evaluate methods of exclusion and explore viable forms of inclusion for all people. A brief Q&A will follow this panel so that any and all questions can be accommodated and discussed.
Tuesday Oct 29th The Heart of Inclusive Programming 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the NAU Union -Kaibab
Presenters: Chris Lanterman, College of Education; Matthew Wangeman, Institute for Human Development; and Rob Young, NAU 4 All This program will help you develop strategies for including members of diverse populations and how it can not only benefit your fellow students but also benefit you and your organization.
Tuesday Oct 29th "A Conversation about Disability; everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask." 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the old Starbucks area in the NAU Union
Matthew Wangeman with John McDermott will be on-hand to discuss disability and answer questions.
Caution: Irony will be used!!!
Wednesday Oct 30th The Assistive Technology Open House 4:45 - 7:00 pm in the Institute for Human Development (IHD) (Bldg 27a)
See the latest devices and meet with vendors from a variety of companies offering products which support vision, hearing, communication, computer access and activities of daily living
October 30th Diversity Concert featuring Bernice Lewis at 6:00 pm in Ashurst Hall, tickets are free at the central ticket office or at the door.
Come to a concert that looks at how amazing disability and diversity are. This concert will be featuring Bernice Lewis, a folk singer, who teaches songwriting and has many experiences with diversity. Her performance will be interspersed with students telling stories about their experiences, to make an uplifting and empowering night!
October 28th-November 1st Disability History Timeline
Throughout Disability Awareness Week NAU students, staff, and faculty are encourage to stop by the Institute for Human Development (Bldg 27a) to look at the timeline on the hallway walls.
DAW Collaborators are: NAU 4 All, TASH@NAU, NAU Speech and Debate Team, Disability Resources, Commission on Disability Access and Design, College of Education, College of Arts and Letters, Student Life, and Institute for Human Development.
Disability Awareness Througout the Year