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Celebrate Ability Week 2016

The annual week-long commemoration of events that are designed to highlight the valuable contributions and diverse sills people with disabilities bring to our MU campus and society. 

2016 Celebrate Ability Week Schedule of Events

Ongoing Event

Color Me Brilliant: Missouri Artists Living with Disabilities

  • Overview: The Missouri Student Unions presents two exhibitions celebrating the artistic talents of Missourians living with disabilities.  In the Lower Lair, an exhibition of art work sponsored by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation showcases the creative expressions of Missourians living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addiction disorders.  This exhibition will be on display from October 17 – 28th.  “Color Me Brilliant: Missouri Artists Living with Disabilities,” located on the main level near Tigers Den, features the works of David Kontra, a painter who uses expressive brushwork to create sublime landscapes, and Janice Atkins, whose vivid use of color and pattern articulates the artist’s concept of beauty.  This exhibit will be on display for the entire month of October.  

Location: MU Student Center

Monday, October 10:

Widening the Lens: Considering Views for Disability Perspectives

  • Presenters: Teresa Milbrodt & Anand Prahlad
  • Overview:  MU faculty member Anand Prahlad and graduate student Teresa Milbrodt will present on their research within Disability Studies and Folklore:

 "Talking is Just Another Sound: The Autistic and Non-Autistic Tongue, and Ear"  - Anand Prahlad

This film explores the phenomenon of talking, as a way to highlight some of the distance between mainstream sensibilities and those of many people on the autism spectrum. It attempts to express through visual images and sounds the largely unexamined positions of privilege and power, and the system of signs and values embodied in the speech of the non-autistic, and how these are often at odds with those of people on the spectrum.

Today I had an eye appointment, and I'm still blind”: Crip Humor, Storytelling, and Narrative Positioning of the Disabled Self – Teresa Milbrodt

While disabled people may see themselves as having agency and independence, able-bodied people often perceive them as “tragic” or helpless. One way that disabled people mediate the tension between these two perspectives is through the use of humor and storytelling. Based on interviews with disabled individuals, this presentation examines the use of humor in interactions between disabled and non-disabled people, and stories told about those interactions. These joking interactions and comic stories can serve to subvert dominant, ableist ideologies, and to subtly insist on disability identities that embody agency, control, and pride.

  • Time: 1-2 PM
  • Location: Memorial Union-North: Walt Disney Room (N206) 

Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award Ceremony

  • 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. 
  • Time: 4 – 6 PM
  • Location: The Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center
  • Sponsors: Chancellor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities, Great Plains ADA Center

Tuesday, October 11:

State of Accessibility at MU

  • Overview: Please join us as we highlight and publically announce various initiatives happening across MU’s campus that create an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities
  • Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Memorial Union-North: Stotler Lounge II & III

Documentary Screening: Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

  • Overview: From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Award-winning documentary, Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, explores the social impact of human augmentation. Haunting and humorous, poignant and political, Fixed rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.
  • Time: 7-9 pm
  • Location: MU Student Center: Leadership Auditorium (Room 2501)
  • Sponsors: Ellis Library, MSA/GPC Department of Student Activities, & Disability Center

Wednesday, October 12:

The Secret History of Disability in America

  • Presenter: Amber Cheek
  • Overview: Disability history has largely been left out of the history books, but has left a lasting impact on our culture. Come learn the fascinating, surprising, and sometimes shocking history of disability in America.
  • Time: 11 AM – Noon
  • Location: MU Student Center: Room 2205 A&B

Celebrate Ability Speaker: Nyle DiMarco

  • Overview: Nyle DiMarco is an American model, actor, and Deaf activist. DiMarco was the first Deaf winner of The CW's America's Next Top Model in 2015. The following year, he won Dancing with the Stars. His Nyle DiMarco foundation, launched in 2015, aims to empower and improve the lives of Deaf children across the globe.
  • Time: 7-8 PM
  • Location: Jesse Hall Auditorium
  • Cost: Free – Tickets can be picked up at the MSA/GPC Box Office located in the MU Student Center
  • Sponsors: MSA/GPC Department of Student Activities, Disability Center, & Mizzou Speaker Series

Thursday, October 13:

Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Student Organizations & Clubs

  • Overview: This session is geared towards students in leadership roles in University recognized organizations and clubs. This session will focus on providing students with the knowledge to help them better understand disabilities and how to accommodate their fellow peers who identify as having a disability. There will be a short presentation, panel discussion, and opportunities for questions and answers.
  • Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Location: Memorial Union: Benton Bingham Room (N214)

Campus Scavenger Hunt

  • Overview: Mizzou Unity Coalition is partnering with the Disability Center during Celebrate Abilities Week to host a campus-wide scavenger hunt! 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 hunt, 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. The scavenger hunt will commence in the student center, where winning teams will receive prizes and all will be rewarded with the knowledge that they are doing their part to make disability a form of diversity!
  • Organizers: Mizzou Unity Coalition, Disability Center, ADA Education & Inclusion
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: MU Student Center: The Shack

Documentary Screening: Life, Animated

  • Overview: A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood.
  • Time: 8 – 10 PM
  • Location: MU Student Center: The Shack
  • Sponsors: MSA/GPC Department of Student Activities & Disability Center

Friday, October 14:

Disclosing Disability in Employment Settings

  • Presenter: Amber Cheek
  • Overview: Have questions about accommodations in the workplace and disability disclosure at work? Come hear MU’s ADA Compliance Manager give candid real-world advice.
  • Time: Noon – 1 PM
  • Location: MU Student Center: Room 2206C 
Access Abroad
  • Overview: Students with disabilities can study abroad!  Come to this informational meeting to learn more about the experiences of students with disabilities that have studied abroad and how the MU International Center collaborates with the Disability Center to arrange for accommodations and prepare you for your international experience.
  • Time: 2pm - 3pm
  • Location: MU Student Center: Room 2206C