As many of you may know, March is Disability Awareness Month. Throughout the month of March, our office, as well as our student organization Alliance for Disability Awareness (ADA) hosted several events across campus for all to enjoy.
March 1, 2022 – March 20, 2022
At the start of the month, our office hosted Tabling events at the Student Center, where people could come by and pick up some of the amazing posters, flyers, and goodies that we had put together to celebrate this month. We also continued to have Wheelchair Basketball bi-weekly throughout the month. Over the second weekend of the month, ADA hosted two tabling events at the scramble light as well.
March 21, 2022 – March 26, 2022
The next week, on Monday, March 21st, our office co-hosted a movie night with the Women & Gender Studies Department for Women’s Week, where people could come and watch “Temple Grandin” together. During this same week, the Disability Services Office also hosted Goalball at the Recreation Center. Goalball is a Paralympic Sport wherein players wear blindfolds and defend their net on their hands and knees. The objective is to throw the ball into the opponent’s net. The ball is filled with bells and players listen to figure out where the ball is at on the court.
March 27, 2022
That following Sunday, March 27th, Alliance for Disability Awareness hosted a speaker, Imani Barbarin, via zoom. Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani often writes and uses her platform to speak from the perspective of a disabled, black woman.
March 28, 2022 – March 31, 2022
Finally, to round out the end of the month, on March 30th, the Disability Services Office also had a speaker share their story as well. Staci Manella is a U.S. Paralympic Alpine ski racer, speaker, and academic. She was born legally blind which has provided her the chance to compete for Team USA at two Paralympic Games.
We appreciate all the support from those who were able to attend our events and encourage you to be on the lookout next year for all the fun events that our office and ADA hope to bring you.
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