June 2, 2023

Disability Awareness Month Activities

October is Disability Awareness Month at UMW. The Office of Disability Resources, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, the Office of Career Services, the Fitness Center and Chris Foss’ FSEM have contributed to offerings for the month. Please take some time to review these offerings and participate in disability awareness month activities.

Rio Wrap-Up

Dalton Herendeen, two-time Paralympian and assistant UMW swim coach, will present on his Rio Paralympic experience Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in the HCC Digital Auditorium. Dalton is an engaging speaker with a wonderful story to tell. Come hear his perspective on disability and achievement.

Navigating Disabilities in the Workplace

Kevin Kozial from the disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Inc. will present on disabilities in the workplace Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. in the UC Colonnade Room. Workplace accommodations and when to ask for them will be covered. Please join the UMW Office of Career Services for this important information.

Autistic Articulations from Frog & Toad to Andy Warhol

Focusing on autism, Chris Foss’ FSEM and the Office of Disability Resources present Dr. Julia Miele Rodas Oct. 29 at 1 and 2 p.m. in the UC Colonnade Room. Unusual expressive practices are a defining aspect of autism: ordering, collecting and arranging; repeating; speaking out in unexpected or interruptive bursts. This talk explores the ways in which such expressive patterns show up in literary settings and in respected visual art, proposing that autistic expression may be understood as aesthetic rather than as pathology.

Career Services Job Fair

Career Services is holding a job fair on Oct. 25, 3-6 p.m., in the UC Chandler Ballroom. Please join them for some valuable information including the timing of disability disclosure. Please visit http://academics.umw.edu/academicandcareerservices/ for additional information.


Ongoing throughout the Month of October

James Farmer Multicultural Center Display: Beloved UMW Professor and civil rights activist Dr. James Farmer became an individual with a disability due to complications of a medical condition. He required someone to read to him or used a Kurzweil machine to aid in the reading of documents. Dr. Farmer’s Kurzweil machine was recently donated to UMW and is on display in the James Farmer Multicultural Center in the UC. Please take some time to stop by and see the display.

ASL Signs: American Sign Language is one method that individuals with hearing impairment used to communicate. During the month of October, information about various ASL signs will be running on EagleVision. Learn a few signs to help your interactions with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Famous People with Disabilities: Running on EagleVision for the month of October, information about famous individuals with disabilities and their contributions to society highlight the ability of individuals with disabilities. These individuals include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Frida Kahlo, James Farmer, and Stephen Hawking.

The UMW Fitness Center: The UMW Fitness Center has made upgrades for accessibility. Please check out the facilities and have a representative show you what they have accomplished.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Office of Disability Resources at 540-654-1266.