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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 Access Mizzou Award Winners
12:30–2 p.m.
Location: Triangle Space
MU Student Center
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 Access Mizzou 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: 2206 MU Student Center
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: S303 Memorial Union
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: 1209 MU Student Center
St. Louis & Kansas City rooms
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. Register for Campus Quest.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

#TheFutureIsAccessible: Advocating for Access on Social Media
2–3 p.m.
Location: S203 Memorial Union
Discussion on how you can use social media as a vehicle for social change through both allyship and personal storytelling. Organized by Mizzou Unity Coalition, a student organization focused on improving accessibility and promoting disability as a form of diversity.

DisACEbled
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: LGBTQ Resource Center
G225 MU Student 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: 2205 A&B MU Student Center
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.
Discussion of the intersections of disability and sexual health. You can listen to a podcast of the discussion on OrgSync after the event. Sponsored by SHAPE, a peer education program on sexual health and advocacy.

Unrest
8–10:30 p.m.
Location: The Shack MU Student Center
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: S206 Memorial Union
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: Triangle Space MU Student Center
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: Leadership Auditorium
MU Student Center
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: 2206 MU Student Center
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: Stotler Lounge Memorial Union
Coffee, crafting and live music. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Programming Board, MSA/GPC Tech, Missouri Students Association, Graduate Professional Council and Mizzou After Dark.