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Disability Awareness Week | March 2014

James Madison University’s Office of Disability Services is hosting its 5th Annual Disability Awareness Week from March 24th-27th.  This year’s theme, “Celebrating a World of Difference” aims to engage members of our community in conversations about disability, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.  A variety of events are planned to raise the awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions necessary as we strive to be an inclusive community that values the richness of all individuals and perspectives.  The following events are free and open to the public. 

 

Schedule of Events


 

Wednesday, March 19th

Spread the Word to End the Word
11:00a.m.-2:00p.m. | The Commons

Sign a pledge to stop the derogatory use of the R-word with Best Buddies!

 

Friday, March 21st

SAUP Diversity Council Brown Bag Lunch and Conversation on Diversity
12:00-1:00p.m. | Taylor 404

This month’s conversation will explore if disabilities can be represented visually. The following text will be used to guide our conversation: A Team of Academics Redesigns an Icon and No Wheelchair Represents Everyone with Disabilities.

Feel free to bring your lunch and join in!

Painting the Spirit Rock
4:00-5:00p.m. | East Campus, Spirit Rock

Celebrate kicking off Disability Awareness Week by joining some of our staff in painting the spirit rock. All are welcome, artistic or not!

 

Monday, March 24th

Office of Disability Services Open House
11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. | Wilson 107

An interactive tour of the Office of Disability Services. You will also have a chance to meet and greet 4 Wheel City! Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided; door prizes will be awarded throughout the event. 

4 Wheel City
7:00-9:00p.m. | Wilson Auditorium

Come see 4 Wheel City, Namel "Tapwaterz" Norris and Ricardo "Rickfire" Velasquez, two talented hip-hop artists and motivational speakers in wheelchairs due to gun violence. Their mission is to use hip-hop music and culture to inspire people not to give up in life and to show the world that people with disabilities have talents and dreams and deserve to be treated equally.

ASL-English Interpreters and English real-time captioning (CART) will be provided at this event.

Click here for directions to Warsaw Parking Deck.
Click here for directions to Accessible Parking.

 

Tuesday, March 25th

Creating Accessible Materials in Microsoft Office (CAMMO) Training
9:30-11:30a.m. | IT 160

This 90-minute training for JMU employees will demonstrate some of the great resources built into Microsoft Office to assist you with creating materials that are accessible to people with disabilities.  Pre-register in MyMadison for IT 160.  This event is co-sponsored by IT Training.

Keynote Address: President Jonathan Alger
6:00-7:00p.m. | Wilson Auditorium

With a long history of advocating for diversity in higher education, President Jonathan Alger will speak to the issues connecting disability and diversity to JMU’s mission and dreams for the future.

ASL-English Interpreters and English real-time captioning (CART) will be provided at this event.

Click here for directions to Warsaw Parking Deck. 
Click here for directions to Accessible Parking.

 

Wednesday, March 26th

Creating Accessible Materials in Microsoft Office (CAMMO) Training
1:30-3:30p.m. | IT 160

See event description above.

Adapted Sport Showcase
4:30-6:30p.m. | Godwin Gym

Join in the fun! Get your workout for the day by participating in adapted sports such as floor volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and more!  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Kinesology.

 

Thursday, March 27th

Panel Discussion
4:00-5:00p.m. | ISAT 259, NTELOS Room

Engage in conversation with students and faculty as they talk about visible and invisible disabilities, disclosure, resources, sharing Access Plans, and other experiences at JMU. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Health Sciences.

Movie Night: The Hammer
7:00-9:00p.m. | Taylor 404

A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship. 

 

 

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The James Madison University Office of Disability Services is committed to providing participants with accommodations that will assist them in fully enjoying these events. Please contact us at least one week in advance to ensure that we meet your accommodation needs.