Ongoing events

Disability Story Project

October is Disability Heritage Month!

Disability Heritage Month Northern Arizona University. Graphic of the Skydome in front of the San Francisco Peaks and a sign that reads, Disabillity heritage month, welcome! with the active international symbol of access.

For a printable version of the events listing, download the accessible poster.

October 5

Screening of the film Deej and conversation with the film’s star, DJ Savarese
Science and Health Building, room 211, 7:00 p.m. 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer.  

October 6

IHD Open House
Institute for Human Development (bldg 27A), 
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

October 13

NAU 4 All Scavenger Hunt
Louie Statue Northeast of University Union,
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
What do we mean by access? Join us as we explore north campus looking for barriers and examples of Universal Design. Discussion and pizza to follow.

October 18

Federal Disability Policy Panel with Andy and Jon Meyer
Native American Cultural Center, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
"A Conversation about Disability: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Disability But Were Afraid To Ask"  With Special Guest Andy Imparado 
HLC Lobby Area, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Disability Studies Instructor Matthew Wangeman and IHD's John McDermott host a honest discussion about disability.

October 19

Philosophy Colloquium on AbleismsAbelisms
Liberal Arts, room 210, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

October 23

From Pity to Power: Disability Identity Panel Discussion with Dr. Susan Burch
Cline Assembly Hall, Doors open at 6:00 p.m., begins at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Susan Burch is an expert on disability throughout history from Middlebury College in Vermont.“From Pity to Power” will be an open discussion featuring Dr. Burch and audience participants discussing disability identity, disability studies, and disability in various cultural contexts.

October 24

Goal Ball Exhibition
HLC MAC Gym, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Try your skills in adaptive sports! Goalball is a Paralympic sport for individuals with vision impairments or blindness. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see what this sport is like and to offer audience participants the chance to get on the court and join in this inclusive recreation opportunity!

October 25

HLC South Gym, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Prizes, food, and a plaque on the Sitting Volleyball trophy to this year's winners! To register your team please visit and select Intramural Sports to create a team. Or call 523-1733. Open to the campus and Flagstaff communities.


 Disability Awareness Throughout the Year