October is Texas Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month and National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. Here at UT, we host a number of events in October to engage our campus and community in learning about disability. But we don’t want people to just be aware of disability; we want to actively work to improve access and inclusion of people with disabilities. To work toward that goal, we are working with campus partners to put together a variety of events throughout the month of October to educate and promote advocacy about disability and inclusion at UT.
UT Disability Advocacy and Inclusion Month
- Disability Lunchtime Speaker Series:
- Tuesdays in October (October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) 11:30-12:30 in SZB
- RSVP: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCMPSKuUU9YkmGN
The Texas Center for Disability Studies is collaborating with the College of Education and Services for Students with Disabilities to provide a speaker series during October. A series of speakers will present on different topics related to disability. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP as space is limited.
- Autism Awareness and Advocacy Training:
- Wednesday October 3rd: 10:00-11:30 a.m. in FAC 328
- RSVP Here
This training will provide basic information about autism with a focus on working with autistic individuals in a variety of higher education settings.
- disABILITY Advocate Instructor Training:
- Wednesday October 10th: 10-11:30 in POB 3.408
- RSVP via UT Learn
The disABILITY Advocate Faculty Training provides an opportunity for education and discussion about how to interact with and accommodate students with disabilities in order to create an understanding and inclusive environment at UT while also balancing the integrity and rigor of academic courses and requirements.
- White Cane Day:
- Wednesday October 17th 10 am – 2 pm at the Texas School for the Blind
An event to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world; and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind.
- Adapted Sports Night:
- Thursday October 18th, 6:30-9pm in RSC, Court 3
Have you wondered how people with disabilities participate in sports? Do you wonder if there is a sport that you can play? Come experience adapted sports for yourself! This is an OPEN HOUSE event. Stop by and meet local athletes who will introduce you to their sports and share their experiences competing on the national and international level!
- Accessibility Q&A with Campus Experts
- Wednesday October 24th: 3:15-4:15 in SAC 1.106
Hosted by the Student Government Disabilities and Inclusion Agency and SSD, all UT Students are encouraged to come chat with campus experts about accessibility at UT! Staff from various UT departments will be on hand to provide updates about accessibility on campus and to listen and respond to students’ questions and concerns related to accessibility.
- disABILITY Advocate Foundation Training:
- Thursday October 25th 2-4pm in POB 3.408
- RSVP via UT Learn
This engaging two-hour training provides a foundation in disability education and awareness and allows for interaction and discussion among participants. Topics include disability-related language, how to recognize and reduce barriers for people with disabilities, the perspective of disability as an aspect of diversity, and how to make a positive difference on campus for people with disabilities.
- Disability=Diversity Poster Campus Awareness Campaign
Have you ever thought about disability as diversity? Disability = Diversity posters feature eleven UT students with disabilities sharing their thoughts on how their disability has helped them develop unique strengths, perspectives and experiences. Request posters to display in your space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line DAIM Posters.
- SSD Monthly Newsletter: The Advocate
Want to stay connected with disability-related updates and events on campus? Sign up for SSD’s monthly newsletter, The Advocate.