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Disability Awareness Month

7 October 2019 - 10:57am by Dana Haugh

October is Disability Awareness Month! National Disability Awareness Month was declared in 1988 by the United States Congress for October to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.

Upcoming events in October 2019:

Monday, October 7
Lupus Panel Event w/DAY, WWN, & YAAA
12:00-1:15 pm | Child Study Center, 230 S. Frontage Road, Cohen Auditorium | Register: http://bit.ly/lupuspanelevent  
Join DiversAbility at Yale, Working Women’s Network, and the Yale African American Affinity Group for a panel discussion that will bring awareness to what Lupus is, the impact it has on the body, types of Lupus, causes of Lupus, facts about Lupus and its prevalence, diagnosis of Lupus, life with Lupus, the stigma associated with Lupus, and what we can do to provide support.

Thursday, October 10
Resources For Aging Adults For Yale Employees
12:00-1:00 pm | 221 Whitney Ave, 612 | Register: http://bit.ly/2kMrWM8   
Join a senior care specialist from Magellan, Yale’s Counseling and Support Services program, to learn about the array of resources available for all Yale employees, that address eldercare and aging family members. Details on services and programs will include, but are not limited to: Resource and referral, workshops, support from Magellan Behavioral Health (Yale’s Counseling and Support Services vendor), adult caregivers kits, and more.

Friday, October 11
Social Media Accessibility: Basics
9:00-10:30 am | Poorvu Center for Teaching & Learning, 301 York Street, Room 121 | Register: http://bit.ly/2mc2MH8  
In this training you’ll learn not only how to use the accessibility features that are available on these platforms, but also valuable work-arounds to counter those that are not.

Wednesday, October 16
Café Con Leche w/DAY & YLNG
12:00-1:15 & 1:30-2:30 pm | 221 Whitney Ave, 109 & 800 Howard Ave, LL05 | Register: https://bit.ly/2TtdN3q   
Join the Yale Latino Networking Group and DiversAbility at Yale to celebrate National Disability Awareness Month. Come to taste Latin coffee, sample Latin desserts, and learn about disability facts specific to the Latin community.

Panel Discussion: Teachable Moments: Learning from Parents of Children with a Disability
12:00-1:15 pm | 55 Whitney, 369 | Register: http://bit.ly/2ml82bJ  
Join DiversAbility at Yale and the Working Women’s Network for a workshop that will feature university staff sharing their experiences of parenting a child with a disability. Topics will include: successful parenting techniques, child advocacy, educational resources, self-care, family networks, and more. 

Siteimprove Basics
2:30-4:00 pm | 25 Science Park, Room 321 | Register: http://bit.ly/2kMqQjD 
Siteimprove is a self-service application available to all Yale faculty and staff to give website owners the insight they need to work towards improving the quality and accessibility of their sites, optimize the site for search engine discovery, and capture basic analytics about site use to help prioritize improvement efforts. This training will include hands-on activities.

Saturday, October 19
Yale Rep Performance of Girls - Touch Tour, Audio Described, and Sign Language Interpreted
1:00-3:30 pm | University Theatre, 222 York Street | Register: http://bit.ly/October19Performance
Exiled to boarding schools for his entire life, Deon returns to his birthplace with a vengeance––luring the women of the town to the woods for a night of uninhibited partying. Meanwhile, a young reactionary with a big social media following condemns the debauchery and vows to restore order. Pulsing with a beat that is as dangerous as it is seductive, Girls is an electrifying contemporary spin on the classic Greek tragedy, The Bacchae, with a killer DJ, bumping dance music, and live-streaming video.
 
Sunday, October 20
2019 Walk to End Lupus Now
3:00 pm | Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, CT | Register: http://support.lupus.org/goto/yaleaffinitygroups
Imagine a day when doctors can say, “There is a cure for lupus”. Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why DiversAbility at Yale, Working Women’s Network, and the Yale African American Affinity Group are taking action in the fight against lupus. Join us as we participate to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.

Tuesday, October 22
Accessible Word Documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and PDFs
9:00-10:30 am | Poorvu Center for Teaching & Learning, 301 York Street, Room 118A | Register: http://bit.ly/2metteh       
This beginner's document accessibility workshop is designed to train staff in the basic methods used for making Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and PDFs digitally accessible, for inclusion on university websites or for university-related business, including teaching, student services, and other administrative support.

Wednesday, October 23
Captioning Your Media at Yale: Options and Basics
9:30-11:00 am | 25 Science Park, 125 | Register: http://bit.ly/2lReQ0w  
This two-hour training covers paid options for captioning your media through our Preferred Captioning Vendors 3Play Media and Rev.com, as well as free options, like YouTube. Attendees will leave understanding their obligations under Yale’s policy, the differences between the major captioning file types, and how to create, edit, and sync captions to their media for both Canvas courses and websites.

DiverseAbility Career Fair
11:30 am - 2:30 pm | West Campus Conference Center, 800 West Campus Drive | Register: http://bit.ly/DiverseAbilityOCT23
The DiverseAbility Career Fair will feature 15-20 employers that are committed to hiring. There will be free professional photos for LinkedIn profiles, resources for persons with disabilities, employer hiring incentives, and more. The first 50 people to register can attend a special Career Fair Prep Session!   

Thursday, October 24
Web Accessibility Training for Content Editors
1:00-4:00 pm | 25 Science Park, Room 321 | Register: http://bit.ly/2lYkkX2   
This half-day workshop is designed to train staff who input content into websites how to do so in ways that meet Yale's Web Accessibility Policy. This workshop is primarily for people who create content through tools such as Wordpress or YaleSites Drupal.

Friday, October 25
Student Perspectives on Inclusive Course Design
11:30 am - 1 pm | Poorvu Center for Teaching & Learning, 301 York Street, Room 120A | Register: https://bit.ly/2mmSyE4     
Inclusive course design aims to create a learning environment in which every student has an equitable opportunity to engage and succeed. What should instructors know about the experience of students with disabilities when designing and managing an inclusive course? A panel of Yale students will share perspectives and recommendations in a wide-ranging lunchtime discussion.

Saturday, October 26
DAY Yale Rep Performance of Girls - Open Captioned
2:00-3:30 pm | University Theatre, 222 York Street | Register: http://bit.ly/October26Performance 
Exiled to boarding schools for his entire life, Deon returns to his birthplace with a vengeance––luring the women of the town to the woods for a night of uninhibited partying. Meanwhile, a young reactionary with a big social media following condemns the debauchery and vows to restore order. Pulsing with a beat that is as dangerous as it is seductive, Girls is an electrifying contemporary spin on the classic Greek tragedy, The Bacchae, with a killer DJ, bumping dance music, and live-streaming video.

Wednesday, October 30
DiversAbility: Addressing Disability, Equity & Inclusion at Yale and Beyond
12:00-1:15 pm | Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 120 High Street | Register: http://bit.ly/diversabilitypanel 
While some people live with disability from birth, many of us can expect to experience disability at some point in our lives.  Disability affects nearly 1 in 5 Americans, yet despite this reality, widespread misunderstandings, misconceptions and stigma continue to surround disability and those who live with disabilities.  Join us for an informative, robust discussion and learn more about the ways disability and accessibility are being addressed at Yale and across the country.