Disability Awareness Week 2021

Monday, October 25 - Friday, October 29

Disability Awareness Week is a series of events aimed at educating the Iowa State University community about the wide variety of disabilities, bringing awareness to the barriers faced by many of these individuals, and advocating for a more accessible ISU. 

 

 

Pre-week events:

Tuesday, October 19

Campus Life: Diversity Dialogue Series with Student Accessibility Services

11:30am-1pm, Room 3560/Old Pioneer Room in Memorial Union

The purpose of the Campus Life DEI Lunch-n-Learn series are intended to provide information and access to university resources in an effort to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community, in alignment with the Principles of Community as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals within the University’s strategic plan.

We will host sessions for both students and staff (through partnering with the Department of Residence) throughout the academic year.

 

Wednesday, October 20

CELT Presents: Supporting Neurodiverse Students (Equity and Inclusion Speakers Series)

1:10-2:30pm, Virtual

Jamie Niman (Accessibility Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services) covers foundational information on neurodivergence (Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc.) as well as recommended strategies and practical supports to apply in your work with students regarding access and inclusion.

 

Disability Awareness Week:

Monday, October 25

DAW Kickoff with Alliance for Disability Awareness (ADA)

10:30am-11:45am, table outside of Parks Library

Giveaways! Stop on by!

 

Lecture Series: When Life Gives You a Wheelchair, Make Lemonade

Zach Anner, Disability Awareness Week Keynote

6:00pm, Virtual via webex

This year's speaker is Zach Anner, who is an award-winning comedian, show host, TV writer, viral sensation, disability advocate, and public speaker. In 2011, he won his own travel show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Rollin’ With Zach. He worked with Rainn Wilson’s media company SoulPancake, hosting the shows Have A Little Faith (which explored world religions), Earth Your While (which started a conversation on climate change), and Top of the Monday (which introduced good news stories). He tried his hand at sports and fitness on his YouTube series Workout Wednesdays, and he journeyed across the country with the help of Reddit in his travel program, Riding Shotgun. His videos have over 100 million views over social media platforms.

Zach was a guest star and a full-time writer on ABC’s hit family sitcom Speechless. He’s an Ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and has worked with UCPLA Wheels for Humanity, which supplies wheelchairs to people in developing countries. Zach’s memoir, If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny, is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path even when it’s paved with epic misadventure. 

 

Tuesday, October 26 

CELT Presents: Course Design: Access & Inclusion with UDL  (Equity and Inclusion Speakers Series)

11:15am - 12:00pm, Morrill 2030

In this session, learn how to how to continue implementing the value of flexibility as a component of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). By the end of this session, attendees will understand how using these techniques within UDL can reduce the need for modifications for accommodations by providing access and opportunities for all students.

The pandemic taught all of us how to be flexible and provided unique opportunities to adjust teaching and learning strategies. In this session, learn how to how to continue implementing the value of flexibility as a component of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). By the end of this session, attendees will understand how using these techniques within UDL can reduce the need for modifications for accommodations by providing access and opportunities for all students.

Lori Mickle from The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Jamie Niman from Student Accessibility Services will serve as presenters for this session.

 

Wednesday, October 27 

Iowa Regents Disability Awareness Summit

8:00am-3:00pm, Reiman Gardens/Virtual (hybrid)
Register by 10/22 (click the title), Free

TOPICS: Inclusive Design, Supporting Neurodiversity, Ideas for Collaboration & Support, Obstacles in Higher Ed


Thursday, October 28

Voices of Neurodiversity Panel

10:00-11:30am, Virtual (click title to register)

Prof. Cutrona has convened a panel of individuals associated with ISU who identify as neurodiverse or who have a family member who identifies as neurodiverse. The panel will include one or more ISU students who are on the autism spectrum, a staff member who identifies as neurodiverse, and the parent of a neurodiverse young adult. Prof. Cutrona has responsibility for negotiating Disability Accommodations for graduate students in the context of their assistantship responsibilities. She will discuss barriers to negotiating appropriate disability accommodations for neurodiverse graduate students.

Please e-mail accessibility@iastate.edu if you need accommodations for this event. Zoom's live transcription feature will be enabled.

 

Digital Accessibility Policy Informational Panel

12:10-1:00pm, Morrill 2030 or via WebEx

Join the Center for Excellence and Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the Office of Digital Access for a panel discussion. This discussion will focus on the Iowa State Digital Accessibility Policy, it's importance, implications, and resources that are available to assist campus partners. This policy is currently under review and available for public comment through October 29, 2021.

Panel participants include Cyndi Wiley and Brittni Wendling from the digital accessibility office, student representative Erin Reich, and CELT Instructional Technology Specialist Lori Mickle.

 

Friday, October 29

Student Voices Panel

12:00 - 1:00pm, Hach Hall Atrium

Come and listen to our students with disabilities share their experiences at Iowa State University with some refreshments!

Please e-mail accessibility@iastate.edu if you need accommodations for this event.

 

Access anytime:

University Library's Online Exhibit

This Disability Inclusion online exhibit of recent books, streaming videos, and web resources has been created in recognition of Disability Awareness Week. This year we also include a focus on autism and invisible disabilities. Enjoy the exhibit's resources!

 

College of Design: Residential Design for Health and Longevity

Access Leibrock's keynote lecture on Universal Design here

Imagine your home as a place for regeneration, a sanctuary for healing the wounds of the outside world. It is clean, not cluttered and unmanageable. It prevents disease and injury and restores you when the inevitable occurs. It regenerates you on a daily basis, supporting good sleep, encouraging exercise and making it fun to do healthy cooking.

That’s a lot to ask of a house, but it can be done.

Cynthia Leibrock, ASID, Hon. IIDA, an award-winning author, designer and renowned consultant on accessibility and aging.

For nearly 20 years, Leibrock has taught courses in the architecture department at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has conducted healthcare design research in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Japan. She is the author of “Design Details for Health” and “Beautiful Barrier Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility” and coauthor of “Beautiful Universal Design” with James Evan Terry. She has twice been awarded the American Society of Interior Designers’ Joel Polsky Prize for literature.