Disability Awareness Month flyer (PDF) - COMING SOON
Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. Given that adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us. Persons with disabilities are sometimes turned into objects of ridicule. But rather than being the butt of a joke, each individual in our campaign uses humor to open a conversation and highlight ways in which we can all understand each other better.
There are 54 million Americans with disabilities. Adults and children with disabilities represent nearly a fifth of Indiana’s population. There’s nothing funny about the ignorance and naivety that often keep us from connecting with our fellow Hoosiers.
2021 Disability Awareness Month Calendar of Events
Disability Awareness Month 2021
- March 1, 2021 - 5:30-6:15pm
Disability Awareness Month Opening Session
Entertainment provided by: Anthony Duran and Alexandra "Lexie" Signor
Description: Join us for an evening of music. This session will also provide the upcoming events for Disability Awareness Month.
- March 10, 2021 - 12:30pm
Remaining Optimistic While Overcoming Challenges with Kristin Fleschner (Ivy Tech Community College) - link to event coming soon!
- March 11, 2021 - 5:30-6:30pm
Resistance as Resilience: Building Barricades of LGBTQ Mental Health with Sam Brinton
Description: This conversation will address the cultural challenges that LGBTQ young people face each day and how resilience has created an astounding generation of changemakers. We will review the best practices for caring for ourselves and those around us in the age of COVID and beyond. From the warning signs of suicide to stories about stilettos in the White House, this is gonna be a way for each of us to know how to save lives - including our own.
- March 15, 2021 - 5:30-6:30pm
GaySL: A Crash Course in LGBTQ American Sign Language with Hayden Kristal
Description: This highly interactive, variable, and hilarious workshop teaches its participants LGBTQ-related American Sign Language signs while fostering a group discussion about Deaf culture, intersectionality, accessibility and more. During the presentation participants will be encouraged to sign along as we learn the signs for GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER, GENDER, ALLY, COMING-OUT, PARTNER, BINARY, DRAG KING/QUEEN, IDENTITY, RAINBOW, PRIDE, etc., as well as requested signs.
- March 17, 2021 - 5:30-6:30pm
The Parallels of Unspoken rules in the Freelance world and Higher Education with Alexandra "Lexie" Signor, DM
Description: Many vocations come with a set of rules by which the person working the job are to abide. Many of these rules are claimed to be explicit, but many are implicit. For a person on the autism spectrum, the distinction it’s not so clear and success in their chosen field is that much more difficult for them. Ms. Signor We’ll talk about her experiences in the freelance world and in higher education regarding the discovery of the unwritten rules, and how she has learned to successfully navigate them even as a person with autism.”
- March 23, 2021 - 5:30-6:30pm
Living with the Invisible with Melissa Grinslade, Staff Psychologist, ISU Student Counseling Center
- March 31, 2021 - 5:30-7pm
#RepresentationMatters: Authentic Disability Cultural Representation
Panel Moderator: Amber OHaver, Executive Director, Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)
Description: This workshop will offer a panel of individuals with disabilities with intersecting marginalized identities engaging in interactive discussion providing context about how disability is typically portrayed and seen (as white, male and cisgender) and how this reinforces stereotypes and perpetuates the stigma surrounding the disabled body and the lived experience of individuals with disabilities with multiple, marginalized identities. We will examine how this portrayal fits into the general #RepresentationMatters movement and discuss the significance and need to increase the meaningful inclusion/participation of multiply marginalized individuals with disabilities in the media, in policy making, etc. and what that representation means to the disability community. To generate an even deeper level of understanding of #RepresentationMatters, the workshop panel will illustrate authentic inclusive concepts related to disability and will focus on the critical importance of sustaining and growing the trend of authentic disability representation by ensuring the inclusion of all types of disabilities, particularly as experienced by those who have multiple intersecting identities.
The Accessibility Resource Office
The Accessibility Resources Office at Indiana State University coordinates academic and residential accommodations for ISU students with physical, neurological, and psychological needs. The goals of these services are:
- to enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from University programs, on-campus living, and activities by providing services, accommodations, and assistive technology
- to ensure the ISU environment is free of barriers
- to encourage students with accommodations to become as independent and self-reliant as possible and to help students secure services
- to provide information and consultation about the types of accommodations and how they address a variety of specific needs
To request accommodations for classes or residential halls, please follow this link
Notable Recognition Days/Months
March 1 - International Wheelchair Day
March 5 - Multiple Personality Day
March 8 - International Women's Day
March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
March 26 - Purple Day for Epilepsy
These are some links to a variety of online disability-related resources for employees, employers, students, and the general population.
AskJAN.org is an online resource center designed to provide employers, people with disabilities, their family members, service providers, educators, and others with technical assistance on job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a good resource for college students with disabilities. It contains links to specific kinds of information, including how college students with disabilities should prepare to take courses.
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) connects people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs and the security and purpose that work brings. We fulfill our mission by sustaining good jobs in our mission-based businesses, offering high-quality job training and helping businesses to recruit committed employees.
The Indiana Governor's Council of Peoples with Disabilities is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research, and advocacy.
Coming to College
Accessibility for Online Courses - This is a site for online courses and accommodation. This is helpful for professors but could also be used as a resource for students about the kind of accommodations that they may need to request.
Cerebral Palsy Guide - Cerebral palsy is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination.
College Scholarships - Information is provided on various scholarships available for postsecondary students.
Resource Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities Understanding ADA, Section 504, IDEA and IEP - In this guide, readers will find information about the rights of students who have disabilities and what schools are required to provide so they have equal opportunity for academic success.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities - The Office for Civil Rights provides vital information in preparing for the transition to postsecondary education.
The Americans with Disabilities Act - The Department of Justice provides in-depth information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act including requirements, technical assistance, resources, etc.
Transitioning to Employment after College
CAP: Online Trainings - This is a resource page from CAP, a branch of the Department of Defense, with video links targeted at people who are around co-workers with disabilities, to provide assistive technology and accommodations, and to support individuals with disabilities and wounded, ill, and injured service members throughout the federal government in accessing information and communication technology.
Disabled Person - the Premier National Job Board for People with Disabilities. Since 2002 they have been providing work opportunities to disabled community. They work with thousands of proactive employers who are looking to hire people with disabilities. They list jobs in every state and in most cities across the U.S. You do not need to register to apply for a job. However, it is suggested that you post a resume on the site or sign up for Email Job Alerts.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners - experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development - strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure - This guide is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives.
Hulman Memorial Student Union
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Resource Center Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM