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Celebrate Ability Week

Celebrating disability awareness and culture at Mizzou

Schedule of events

Monday, Oct. 1

State of Accessibility with Announcements of the Lee Henson Winners
12:30–2 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, Triangle Space
The State of Accessibility will highlight various initiatives that are creating an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities at Mizzou.

The Lee Henson Award was created in honor of Mizzou’s former ADA Coordinator, Lee Henson, who died in 2014 after 20 years of service to the university. This award honors champions of disability and accessibility on campus.

Mindful Yoga and Presentation (Breathe)
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, Room 2206
Designed for all ability levels and body types and targeted for people who would generally dismiss the idea of yoga. A 30-minute presentation on self-acceptance using mindful self-compassion and appreciation will be followed by 30 minutes of mindful yoga. Presented by Breathe, a peer organization which provides Mizzou students with opportunities to learn and experience mind/body practices for stress management, relaxation and increase resiliency.

Teresa Milbrodt
4–5 p.m.
Location: Memorial Union, Room S-303
Teresa Milbrodt is the author of the short story collection Bearded Women: Stories (Chizine Publications), and the novel The Patron Saint of Unattractive People (Boxfire Press). Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, and several have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She will read from her dissertation and novel-in-progress Sharp Things.

Campus Quest
6–8 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, Room 1209
Geared toward students and student organizations, this scavenger highlights accessible locations for events on campus. Organized by Mizzou Unity Coalition, a student organization dedicated to furthering the integration of the disability community into campus.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

How to be an Ally
2–3 p.m.
Location: Memorial Union Room, Room S-203
Panel discussion on how to be an ally for someone with a disability. Organized by Mizzou Unity Coalition, a student organization dedicated to furthering the integration of the disability community into campus.

DisACEbled
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, LGBTQ Resource Center
Presentation and round-table discussion of the identity and intersections of asexuality/aromanticism and disability.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Mindful Yoga
1–2 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, Room 2205 A/B
Designed for all ability levels and body types and targeted for people who would generally dismiss the idea of yoga. A 30-minute presentation on self-acceptance using mindful self-compassion and appreciation will be followed by 30 minutes of mindful yoga. Presented by Breathe, a peer organization which provides Mizzou students with opportunities to learn and experience mind/body practices for stress management, relaxation and increase resiliency.

Not Your Average Sex Talk
7–8 p.m.
Radio interview and panel discussion of the intersections of disability and sexual health. Podcast will be available online at KCOU.fm, Spotify and SoundCloud. Sponsored by SHAPE, a peer education program on sexual health and advocacy.

Unrest
8–10:30 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, The Shack
This Sundance award-winning documentary is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Jennifer is twenty-eight years-old, working on her doctorate at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life, when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Top 10 Digital Accessibility Tips
10 a.m.–noon
Location: Memorial Union, Room S-206
Carmen Schafer of MU’s Adaptive Computing Center will discuss ways that creators of digital communication assets can make their content more accessible and beneficial for all users.

Active Minds — Super Powers Booth
2–3 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, Triangle Space
Active Minds aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues at Mizzou. The student organization encourages students to seek help as needed and to be thoughtfully aware of the mental health needs of those around them.

Nicole Kelly
7 p.m.
Location: MU Student Center, Leadership Auditorium
Nicole Kelly is one of only a few Miss America contestants with a physical disability. It is her mission to educate as many people as possible about those living with a physical difference. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Friday, Oct. 5

Puppies With a Purpose Presentation and Demonstration of Service Dogs
10 a.m.–noon
Location: MU Student Center, Room 2206
Puppies with Purpose is dedicated to preparing puppies to become service dogs. College students, community members and their veterinarian coordinator work to socialize puppies before they enter training programs that will teach them to help people with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities.

PHA Accessibility Committee Booth
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Speakers Circle (corner of S. 9th St. and Conley Ave.)
The PHA Accessibility Committee advocates for people with disabilities and works directly with Mizzou Panhellenic Association sororities as a resource for accommodations.

Coffee and Canvas
7–10 p.m.
Location: Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge
Coffee, crafting and live music. Sponsored by the Department of Student Life-Campus Activities, MSA/GPC Tech, Missouri Students Association, Graduate Professional Council and Mizzou After Dark.