Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. Since adults and children with disabilities represent approximately 25% of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us at Ball State.

Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials that are available free of charge to Hoosiers who want to help make a difference.

Disability Services and the Alliance for Disability Awareness, along with other cosponsors, coordinate events and programs to bring attention to disability issues.

Look below for the poster and the full series of events for 2023!


An image of the 2023 Awareness Month Schedule. Identical event details are listed, in order, below the image.

Disability Services Tabling:
We will be tabling in the Student Center Tally on the following days from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop by for free posters, stickers, and other promotional materials!

  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Thursday, March 2
  • Tuesday, March 14
  • Thursday, March 16
  • Tuesday, March 21
  • Thursday, March 23
  • Tuesday, March 28


Virtual Art Gallery
Available all month long! | bit.ly/DisabilityArtBSU
Online Art Gallery, curated by Disability Services, to highlight Artists with Disabilities Worldwide.  


Self Advocacy Workshop
Wednesday, March 1 | 3:30 p.m. | Student Center Forum Room
Join Disability Services for this workshop on building self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. We will be focusing on various skills and knowledge that may help students become better advocates for themselves, their needs, and their accommodations. 


Inclusive and Accessible Teaching: Learning from Disability Services
Tuesday, March 14 | 10 a.m. | Student Center Forum Room
Reserved for faculty/staff, and requires pre-registration. Sign up here: bit.ly/bsuaccesspd
Hosted by Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of Disability Services 


Wheelchair Basketball
Tuesday, March 14 | 7 p.m. | Rec Center Court 4
Get your friends together and play wheelchair basketball! Sport chairs will be provided. No experience necessary.
Hosted by Alliance for Disability Awareness


ADA Open House
Wednesday, March 15 | 6 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom
Open house for DS-related student organizations & campus resources
Hosted by Alliance for Disability Awareness in Collaboration with multiple campus partners


The Intersections of Disability & Reproductive Justice
Monday, March 20 | 1 p.m. | Cardinal Hall A
Dr. Courtney Jarrett and Betsy Kiel will discuss the histories, intersections, and impacts of the Disability and Reproductive Justice movements.
Presenters: Dr. Courtney Jarrett, Director, Disability Services & Betsy Kiel, M.A., Assistant Director for Outreach, Disability Services
In collaboration with Women’s Week, hosted by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program


Excellence in Leadership Speaker Series: Emily Ladau
Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Pruis Hall
Emily Ladau, an internationally renowned disability rights activist, speaker, and writer, will be visiting Ball State’s campus for the Excellence In Leadership speaker series. She will be sharing her journey to becoming a disability rights activist and share insight and advice to current students on how to further their activism.
Presented by Excellent in Leadership, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Disability Services


Mental Health and Disability
Thursday, March 23 | 7 p.m. | Student Center MPR (Room L-28)
Join Health Promotion and Advocacy for an event on healthy habits for mental health and disability. After a short presentation, there will be open time for a discussion on campus resources as well!
Presented by Health Promotion and Advocacy


Wheelchair Basketball
Tuesday, March 28 | 7 p.m. | Rec Center Court 4
Get your friends together and play wheelchair basketball! Sport chairs will be provided. No experience necessary.
Hosted by Alliance for Disability Awareness


Love, Sex and Disability
Wednesday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | SC Forum Room
Join Health and Wellness Coordinator, Destiny Cherry, to learn more about the ableist history of sex education, discuss bodily autonomy, and explore the sexual health resources and services on campus and in the community.
Presented by Health Promotion and Advocacy