Disability Awareness Week 2022

Disability Awareness Week 2022

Schedule of Events

Monday, Oct. 24
Kick-Off and Resource Fair
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., S-Breezeway

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Technology Fair
9 a.m. – Noon, S-Breezeway

Movie: Temple Grandin and Conversation
1 – 4 p.m., R-01

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Accessibility and Safety Walk (Building S Meeting Location)
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Evening: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27
Employment Panel (students and employers)
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., S-29

Submit a reflection to be entered to win a Disability Awareness Week giveaway!

Legal Definition of Disability

The federal government considers someone disabled when the person:​

  1. has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more “major life activities,” ​
  2. has a record of such an impairment, or ​
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment.​
How to talk about disability, disabled people : Life Kit : NPR

The difference between “impairment” and “disability”

Disability,Impairment,Impairment occurs when the body functions differently from societal standards.,Disability is the social & systemic context of impairment. 
Disability is also an identity that one may or may not identify themselves within. 
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work week

Medical vs. Social Model of Disability


Disability Identity

  • For many, disability is an identity worn with pride. Others may have an impairment but don’t identify as an individual with a disability. Both are okay!
  • Disability identity can be fluid. Depending on the physical and social environment, individuals may feel more or less disabled in various spaces.
4.2: Positionality and Intersectionality – Universal Design for Learning  (UDL) for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)
What does intersectional feminism actually mean? | IWDA

Disability Language

When should we use which language?,Disability language depends on the person’s preference! A best practice is to use person-first language until you can ask the person what their preference is. 
Some communities, including the Deaf and Autistic community generally prefer identity-first language, but not everyone in these communities do.

Continue your Learning!

  • Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau– available at the SF library!
  • Haben: The Deafblind Woman who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma – available at the SF library!
  • A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen – available at the SF library!
  • Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig
Demystifying Disability by Emily Ladau: 9781984858979 | Books
Haben Girma – Disability Rights Lawyer, Author, Speaker
A Disability History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY): Nielsen,  Kim E.: 9780807022047: Books
Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body - Kindle  edition by Taussig, Rebekah. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @