2016 disAbility Awareness Month

October 2016 is disAbility Awareness Month

This year we have a variety of events planned to increase disability awareness including our featured speaker, Temple Grandin, a student panel on the intersectionality of disability and identity, and the always popular dogs on campus. Please note that some of the events listed below are not official dAM events, but promoted because they have an important relationship to our mission. 


Featured Speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin "Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society"

Thursday, October 27 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom - FLASHperks

Dr. Temple GrandinTemple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She didn't talk until she was three-and-a-half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. Even though she was considered "weird" in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She currently works as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.

(dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability, and ability

Thursday, September 29 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Rockwell Hall Atrium and Kent State University Museum (university event)

Rebekah MarineAn exhibition celebrating an all inclusive beauty and a deconstruction of the stigmatization of those living with various physical disabilities.

Guest curators: Dr. Tameka N. Ellington & Dr. Stacey R. Lim. Please RSVP by September 23, 2016 to the museum at 330-672-3450 or via email at museum@kent.edu.

Homecoming Parade with council for exceptional Children (CEC)

Saturday, October 1 10:00 a.m., starting location is Midway #55


Saturday, October 1 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Williamson House (university event)

All are welcome to attend this festival celebrating culture and diversity hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is a free, family-friendly event with lunch.

Dogs on Campus and National depression Screening day

Thursday, October 6 12:30 p.m.to 2:00 p.m., Kent State Student Center 2nd floor (dAM event)

Autism Connections Kent Social and Temple Grandin Movie

Monday, October 10 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (panel) 7:00 p.m. movie, Kiva (dAM event) - FLASHperks

Join us for panel led by members of the Autism Connections Kent student group and then stay to watch the biopic Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. The movie features a look into the life of Dr. Temple Grandin, prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism. Make sure to join us on Thursday, October 27th to hear Dr. Grandin speak in person.

Free movie and popcorn! This event is open to the community.

Defining (your)Self: A conversation of disability + diversity

Monday, October 17 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. University Library (dAM event) - FLASHperks

Come to learn about students who identify as both having a disability and being from an underrepresented background speak about their experiences. We’re inviting you to participate and learn about the ways multiple identities blend together to create unique student experiences.

Love your body and its Power to...

Wednesday, October 19 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Kent Student Center 

Celebrate ability on National Love Your Body Day this month by joining us on social media and at the student center! Take a picture and tell the world how amazing your body is for its power. Everyone's body is powerful in unique ways, powerful in its ability to dance, show love, communicate or sing. Throughout disAbility Awareness Month, Kent is celebrating differences and bodies, so join us in loving YOUR unique body.

On October 19, post your photo using the hashtag #LoveYourBody and tag us @KSU_dAM or stop by our table in the student center to have your picture taken and connect with others to show some love!

The Power of Disability 

Wednesday, October 19 2:00 p.m. Library Quiet Study Area (First Floor)