Disability Awareness Week 2022: March 21-25

The Disability Awareness Week (DAW) 2022 theme, “Keep C.A.L.M. and Use Universal Design”, focuses on Choosing Accessible Learning Materials and using Universal Design. We are thrilled and honored to have JMU alumna ('15) Keri Vandeberg, B.S.W., J.D. as our Keynote Speaker this year. Learn more about celebrating disability as diversity and promoting an inclusive culture for all by attending DAW events!

Event List

Full Description Event List

Event registration is not required unless otherwise indicated. Contact disability-svcs@jmu.edu or 540-568-6705 with questions and accommodation requests.

For information about campus accessibility & parking, visit the Campus Accessibility Map or the Accessible Parking Map. Please note that all usual parking regulations are in effect during the events listed below unless otherwise specified. For questions about parking for an event, please contact JMU Parking Services

Event List

All of March


Monday, March 21


Tuesday, March 22


Wednesday, March 23


Thursday, March 24


Friday, March 25


Saturday, March 26



Complete Event Descriptions

Library Resource Display: Social Justice & Disability in Academia

On display in Carrier Library and online for the entire month of March - Open to the public

This display serves to educate and bring awareness to the JMU and Harrisonburg community about accessible learning materials, universal design, and the intersection of social justice & disability in academia. Universal design supports a diverse student population and promotes accessibility, usability, and independence. Promoting Universal Design principles not only benefits individuals with disabilities but everyone. We hope that this display serves as a way to engage members of our community in conversations about disability, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and accessibility.


Open Class Discussion with Keri Vandeberg, B.S.W., J.D. (SOWK 466) - "Disability-Competent Care: Treating the whole person beyond a diagnosis or condition"

Monday 3/21/2022 @ 8:00 - 9:15 am (HBS 2099) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

Keri Vandeberg is an alumna of the JMU Social Work program. In this open class discussion, she will present a model of working with persons with disabilities from multiple perspectives. As a JMU student, Keri was a Peer Access Advocate in Disability Services. Her experiences run from micro practice to policy advocacy. The focus of this discussion will be interventions at the micro level.


Disability Services Open House

Monday 3/21/2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (SSC 1202) - Open to the public

Visit the Disability Services space, meet the staff, learn about our programs, and enjoy light refreshments! All are welcome!


Panel Discussion: "Advocacy and Activism for Universal Design"

Monday 3/21/2022 @ 2:00 pm (SSC 1075) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

Moderator: Kathryn Rathgeber - Disability Services
Panelists: Keri Vandeberg - JMU Alum, Law
              Jesse Rathgeber - Music Education
              Christina Wulf - JMU Alum, Disability Services
              Scott Pruett - JMU Alum
              Sophia Stone - JMU Alum, Occupational Therapy


Keynote Event

Monday 3/21/2022 @ 6:30 pm (Festival Ballroom and Livestream on YouTube) - Open to the public


Keynote Speaker: Keri Vandeberg, B.S.W., J.D.


JMU Class of '15

Social Work

Keri Vandeberg is a 2020 J.D. graduate of American University Washington College of Law. She dedicated her law school career to learning about human rights issues facing people with disabilities worldwide. During her time as a student attorney in her law school’s Disability Rights Law Clinic, Keri advanced the interests of people with disabilities in special education, Medicaid, and other proceedings. She also interned with Disability Rights International, where she researched international standards on inclusive education and community integration, drafted an amicus curiae brief for the European Court of Human Rights, and attended a session of the Conference of State Parties for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Keri now works as an attorney for Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities in Washington, D.C., protecting and promoting the decision-making rights of people with disabilities. She chose to become an attorney because as a woman with a disability, she is aware of the current human rights violations people with disabilities are facing worldwide. It is with great passion that she aspires to play a part in creating meaningful social change for the disability community.

Keynote Event Parking Information: Unregistered campus visitors may park in C12, D3 and R4 Lots and the Ballard/East Campus Parking Deck between the hours of 5:00 - 9:00 pm on 3/21/22 without a parking permit.

All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Note that regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots. Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, accessible spaces without proper permit, or expired timed spaces. They are also prohibited from parking in Fire Lanes.

For questions about parking for this event, please contact JMU Parking Services


Creating Accessible Materials in Microsoft Office (C.A.M.M.O.) Training

Tuesday 3/22/2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (SSC 1075) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

JMU students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn to use the resources built into Microsoft Office 2019 to create materials that are accessible to people with disabilities.


Open Class Discussion with Keri Vandeberg, B.S.W., J.D. (HON 300) - “Britney Spears: Disability Rights and Guardianships”

Tuesday 3/22/2022 @ 12:45 - 2:00 pm (SSC 1075) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

Keri Vandeberg will lead a class on guardianship violations of the rights of people with disabilities. She will focus on the case of Britney Spears.


Diversity Conference Sessions on Disability

Wednesday 3/23/2022 - Open to the public

(Register on the Diversity Conference website to attend)

"Disability Accommodations in the 'Real World'" @ 10:30 - 11:45 am (Festival Conference Center & Virtual)

"Reframing Autism through Neurodiversity Lens" @ 2:00 - 3:15 pm (Festival Conference Center)


AHEAD Keynote Speaker: Jay Dolmage, University of Waterloo, “Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education”

Thursday 3/24/2022 @ 9:00 - 11:00 am (SSC 1075 or Virtual*) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

*Registration required to attend virtually.

This Keynote is provided by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) in Virginia and hosted by JMU Disability Services.
Dr. Dolmage will discuss Universal Design as an alternative to traditionally inaccessible teaching spaces and approaches, with a focus on the changes we can make during and after Covid-19 that will prepare us to build more inclusive and effective college campuses for the future. We will also review disability as a key component of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Creating Accessible Materials in Microsoft Office (C.A.M.M.O.) Training

Friday 3/25/2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Carrier 301) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

JMU students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn to use the resources built into Microsoft Office 2019 to create materials that are accessible to people with disabilities.


Connect & Create

Friday 3/25/2022 @ 4:30 - 6:30 pm (SSC 1075) - Open to JMU Students/Faculty/Staff

Are you stressed? Do you need a study break? Do you need a mental health boost? Join us to connect with others and let your creative juices flow alongside other students, staff, and faculty members. The Office of Disability Services in collaboration with Student Life Programming invites all individuals to come color, paint on a canvas, draw, craft, get some free pizza, and more!


Walk for Hope*

Saturday 3/26/2022 @ 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Atlantic Union Bank Center 1075) - Open to the public

(*Registration Required via the Walk for Hope website)

Walk for Hope is hosted by the JMU Counseling Center. 24% of students registered with Disability Services have mental health disabilities like depression, PTSD, and others. As such, we are promoting Walk for Hope during Disability Awareness Week to raise awareness and show our support. This is an opportunity for our community to come together to highlight the importance of mental health, decrease stigma, and encourage hope.

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