Monday April 14
Opening Ceremony 2:00 PM
Kicks off the week’s activities and goals
“Invisible Disabilities” Workshop 3:00 PM
This discussion will overview a variety of mental disabilities that are not recognizable at first but carry the same type of stigma of visible disabilities. Examples are ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, and more.
“Straight Talk About Blindness” Workshop 6:00 PM
Straight Talk about Blindness will be the National Federation of the Blind’s contribution to Disability Awareness Week. The main goal is to help participants to understand that it’s respectable to be blind. Through discussion regarding misconceptions and stereotypes regarding blindness and the blind, we can discuss the blind’s role in society, as well as how blind people are sharing their capabilities through positive philosophy and alternative techniques such as Braille and the use of the white cane. The workshop will be a seminar discussion facilitated by members of the Northwest chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.
Tuesday April 15
Waiting to Inhale: Medical Marijuana and Disabilities 3:00 PM
Legal Information Center, Drug Information Center, and LGBTA. Showing clips from the movie; “Waiting to Inhale” with a discussion panel to follow consisting of individuals directly affected by this issue.
“Creating Safe Spaces” Workshop 6:00 PM
The Ally Building Network Presents “Creating Safe Spaces,” an introspective activity and discussion-based workshop on how to make our conversations safer and more affirming of diversity.
Murderball Movie 8:00 PM
We have partnered with ASP Films to bring you a favorite from the disability community, Murderball is about the US and Canada Paralympic quad rugby teams
Students complete daily activities while experiencing a disability. Pick up equipment between 10:00-11:00 AM VU 565. Discussion following at 5:00 PM in VU 565.
Wednesday April 16
“You Can’t Use This: Technology Barriers and their Solutions” Seminar 1:00 PM
Terry Thompson, DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology) presents an interactive session where students will explore information technologies commonly used in education, including web sites, software applications, videos, and hardware devices. With each, we will ask the question: Can everyone use this? In cases where we discover that a particular technology presents a barrier to a particular group of users, we will explore solutions for removing that barrier.
“That’s So Retarded” Workshop 3:00 PM
The Ally Building Network presents a discussion that focuses on words and phrases that many people may use in everyday conversation that can be discrediting to people with disabilities and allies to people with disabilities.
“Sex and Disability Talk” Workshop 6:00 PM
Workshop presented by the Sexual Awareness Center and Veterans Outreach Center with featured speaker . Margaret is a consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia who specializes in sexual health and disability education. She will give a one-hour presentation to be followed by a question/answer session and small group discussions. This event will provide an arena in which to learn, discuss and ask questions about this stigmatized topic.
Thursday April 17
“Ableism 101” Workshop 3:00 PM
Featured Speaker:presents “Ableism 101” will examine stereotypical representations of (dis) ability in society and our lives, and explore ways to challenge and transform these ideas and work for social justice.
“You Can’t Use This: Technology Barriers and their Solutions” Seminar 6:00 PM
Terry Thompson, DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology) presents an interactive session, we will explore information technologies commonly used in education, including web sites, software applications, videos, and hardware devices. With each, we will ask the question: Can everyone use this? In cases where we discover that a particular technology presents a barrier to a particular group of users, we will explore solutions for removing that barrier.
“The Handi-Capable-Bi-Queer-Slut-of-the-World” Performance 8:00 PM
Featured Speaker: Colin K. Donovan. Combining a sharp sense of humor with an astute analysis of politics and culture, Colin’s performance of “The Handi-Capable-Bi-Queer-Slut-of-the-World,” in-your-face (dis) abled advice columnist, will make you laugh AND think.
Wheel Chair Race, Red Square 2:00-5:00 PM
Friday April 18
“Opening the Door?” 3:00 PM
This 1 ½ hour workshop reviews the major requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and discusses Western’s policies regarding people with disabilities. The workshop will also summarize the results of the recent campus wide accessibility study. The focus of the workshop will be on building awareness and sensitivity towards people with disabilities. Participants will be broken into small groups to work on scenarios that explore appropriate responses for dealing with issues regarding people with disabilities. Group leaders will report back to all the participants for a fuller discussion that is aimed to provide useful guidance on this issue.
“Disability Awareness at WWU: Seeing How Policy & Practice Impact Our Community” 6:00 PM
This workshop will focus on Disability resources here at Western, both the presence of Disability awareness, and all the work yet to be done to make Western a more inclusive and welcoming campus to all students. This will be an interactive, community based workshop that seeks to create inspiring, and innovative plans for raising awareness on Westerns campus, about disability issues.
Closing Ceremony 8:00 PM
Recap on the highlights of the week