2017 Calendar of Events

Monday, October 2

Performing Disability: Passing, Protest, and Resistance

Presented by: Teresa Milbrodt & Anand Prahlad
2pm – 3pm
Location: MU Student Center: Room 1209 A&B

Overview: These presentations will examine ways that disabled people may express agency and self-definition through performance. Teresa Milbrodt’s work explores how narrative and body lore function as protest among disabled actors in burlesque community theater in Vancouver, B.C. Dr. Anand Prahlad’s presentation will focus on passing and resistance in two autism memoirs: Nobody, Nowhere, by Donna Williams, and his memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie.

Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award Ceremony

October 2 – 6, 2017
4pm – 6pm
Location: The Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center

Overview: The Chancellor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities invites you to join them at a reception to announce the recipients of the Lee Henson Access Mizzou awards. The award was created to  recognize  members  of the  MU community  who  have  made  significant  contributions to  improve  inclusiveness  of  individuals with disabilities.

Sponsors: Chancellor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities, Great Plains ADA Center


Presented by: Aces and Aros
7pm – 8pm
Location: LGBTQ Resource Center

Overview: This presentation will explore the intersectionality of disability and asexual and aromantic identities.

Tuesday, October 3

State of Accessibility at MU

2pm – 3pm
Location: Memorial Union: Stotler Lounge III

Please join us as we highlight and publicly announce various initiatives happening across MU’s campus that create an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities

Advocacy for Including and Engaging People with Disabilities in the U.S. and China

Initiatives: The Power of the People Exchange
Presented by: Kathy Johnson
4pm – 5pm
Location: Memorial Union: Stotler Lounge III

Dr. Kathy Johnson, Director of the Confucius Institute at St. Cloud State University, has traveled to China over 50 times during the last 17 years as an advocate for people with disabilities. Her journey to China began in the summer of 2000 when, as a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students, she joined a Gallaudet University Education Abroad Program with 25 university students who were deaf. The experience and time in China generated a “moment of obligation” where mind, body and spirit were called to action. Through sharing her story, Dr. Johnson shares chapters of life to illuminate the situation of people with disabilities in China through a system’s approach inclusive of the political, economic, educational and social/cultural lens. As the Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Johnson is now embedding the inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities as a core value of the cross-cultural work between China and the U.S. Dr. Johnson will highlight the significant impact, challenges and avenues for overcoming those challenges in building bridges between China and the U.S. for ALL people.

Campus Accessibility Quest

Organizers: Mizzou Unity Coalition
6pm – 8pm
Location: Start at the MU Columns

Mizzou Unity Coalition is hosting a campus-wide accessibility quest! Teams of students will make their way all around campus while they learn about different accessibility accommodations and services the university has to offer.  Over the course of the quest, teams will put together a packet that will give them the instructions to make their group’s future events accessible, while also informing them of accessibility services the campus provides.

Wednesday, October 4

End the Awkward: An Introduction to Disability Awareness

Presented by: Amber Cheek
11am – Noon
Location: MU Student Center: Room 2205 A&B

Please join us for this fun, interactive session, and learn about disability directly from the source. Using multimedia and personal stories, this session will cover basic disability awareness, language, history, culture, and etiquette. In this session, we will discuss a wide range of scenarios involving people with many types of disabilities. Each attendee will leave the session with a greater understanding of disability culture, the experiences of people with disabilities, and the knowledge to help make Mizzou a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.

Celebrate Ability Speaker: Dartanyon Crockett

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Free event!
Location: Jesse Hall Auditorium

Born with Leber’s disease, Dartanyon Crockett has overcome incredible odds to become a world champion judo Paralympian.

Thursday, October 5

Documentary Screening: Notes on Blindness

8pm – 10pm
Location: MU Student Center: The Shack

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.  Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.  Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’

Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.  Since premiering at Sundance in January 2016 (alongside our virtual reality project) the film has played at over 40 international festivals. It won the Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for 3 BAFTAs (including Best Documentary and Outstanding British Film.

Mizzou Unity Coalition: Panel Discussion

4pm – 5pm
Location: Memorial Union: Room S207

Please join Mizzou Unity Coalition as they discuss accessibility on campus and how to be an ally for our peers with disabilities.

Friday, October 6

Incorporating Disability Studies into the Classroom

Presented by: Julie Elman
11am – Noon
Location: MU Student Center: Room 2206 C

2017 Celebrate Ability Week Schedule of Events