2017 disAbility Awareness Month | Kent State University

2017 disAbility Awareness Month

In collaboration with various departments and organizations, the disAbility Awareness Month Committee invites you to attend the following events aimed to increase awareness and promote inclusion for people with disabilities. 


Caption This!: Everything you wanted to know about closed-captioning but were afraid to ask

Wednesday, October 4
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
University Library

This informational session will provide a fun and informative look at the process for closed-captioning of digital videos and resources to find captioned content. Participants will learn how Student Accessibility Services assists in creating captioned content for registered students. Best practices, audio and video web accessibility standards, and basic technical captioning terminology will also be discussed. This is not a hands-on captioning workshop. 

Register for Caption This!

Dogs on Campus and National Depression Screening Day A Kent State student gives a dog a hug during Dogs on Campus in the Kent Student Center.

Thursday, October 5 
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kent Student Center, 2nd floor 

NDSD is coordinated by University Health Services Psychological Services and the Office of Health Promotion on the Kent Campus.

Learn more about Dogs on Campus

spotlight event
Kent State of Accessibility: Learning, Living, and Working with Disability At Kent State

The University Accessibility Committee presents Kent State of Accessibility: Learning, Living, and Working with Disability at Kent State in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Division of Student Affairs.

Friday, October 6 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ballroom Balcony, Kent Student Center 



Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Shay Little, Vice President, Student Affairs 10 to 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Session 1 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Keynote Panel and Lunch 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Breakout Session 2 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks 2:15 to 2:30 p.m.

*Welcome and closing remarks will take place in the Ballroom Balcony of the Kent Student Center.

Breakout session topics

Each topic is offered during both sessions. This event is for faculty and staff.

Voices of Disability Experience at Kent State University (KSC 317)

Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities share their personal stories of identity and suggestions to promote inclusivity.

  • Tim Bowser - Lead Applications Developer, Information Services
  • Dr. Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome - Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Michael Weatherford - Doctoral Student / Graduate Assistant, Counselor Education and Supervision
Resources for Inclusion and Accommodation (KSC 319)

Visit with offices and departments that promote equality through accommodation and inclusion.

  • Autism Task Force
  • Career and Community Studies Program
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Electronic and Information Technology
  • Kent State of Wellness
  • Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action
  • Office of Continuing and Distance Education
  • Psychological Services
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • University Stewards
Keynote Panel: Bridging Research and Practice to Foster Inclusion and Accessibility (Ballroom Balcony)

Faculty researchers share findings and implications for working with people with disabilities. Additionally, participants will share strategies to cultivate universally inclusive experiences.

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Dr. Phil Rumrill, Professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Dr. Tameka Ellington, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design, The Fashion School
  • Dr. Darlene Unger, Professor (NTT), School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, Special Education
  • Dr. Leah Subak, Staff Interpreter/Co-Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services


Attend any or all sessions. An RSVP is required for the lunch session. Kent State University is committed to providing accessible and inclusive events.

RSVP for Kent State of Accessibility

More Information and Accomodation Requests

If you need accommodations for this event or additional information, please contact Amanda Weyant at aweyant1@kent.edu or 330-672-3391.

Recipe for success: Baking in accessibility into your digital materials

Monday, October 9
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
University Library

This informational session and hands-on workshop will showcase ways to "bake" accessibility into digital materials for documents used in business/university processes as well as face-to-face and online classes.  Participants will learn how to use features in Microsoft Word to edit a document for accessibility, including tips on how to use styles for headers, creating alt-text for images and crafting meaningful hyperlinks.

Register for Recipe for Success

Homecoming Parade in collaboration with the council for exceptional Children(CEC)

Saturday, October 14
10:00 a.m.
Starting location - Meet at 9:30am on Midway Drive

All are also welcome to join the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in decorating for the homecoming parade and enjoy a movie night from 6-8pm on Friday, Oct. 13th in White Hall, room 110.

Learn more about the Homecoming Parade

Love Your Body Day

Wednesday, October 18
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kent Student Center 

Celebrate ability on national Love Your Body Day this month. Join us as partner with the Woman's Center and proclaim our abilities. 

Deaf Studies Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 18
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
McGilvrey Hall Room 302

Join us for a Deaf Studies panel discussion. There will be four panelists, all of whom are d/Deaf. Jim Halischak, Cathy Vickery, Nebeyat Mamay, and Stefanie Amiruzzaman.

Topics to be discussed are: 

  • How has the Deaf-World, Deaf education, and interpreting changed in the last 20 years due to the discipline of Deaf Studies?
  • How have technology and Deaf arts, literature, and artifacts influenced the Deaf-World?  

  • How can d/Deaf people and hearing allies work for the continuation and flourishing of the Deaf-World?  

  • What can we do at Kent State University?  

Event sponsored by the Introduction to Deaf Studies class & the College of Education, Heath and Human Services.  

Autism Acceptance and Neurodiversity - Autism Connections Kent 

Monday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Kent Student Center, Room 316

The Autism Society of Greater Akron will be presenting a short preview of their Stop. Assess. Support. program. Afterward, a panel of self-advocates will discuss their experiences, specifically as they pertain to the neurodiversity movement and the push for autism acceptance.

Learn more about Autism Connections

The SLide Reading by KSU alumna and creative writer, Angie Orlando  

Tuesday, October 24
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
University Library, Garden Room (First floor)

Angie will read selected works from her MFA thesis entitled The Slide. 

In collaboration with The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Associate Professor Dave Smeltzer and students in the digital cinematography area who are filming a documentary about Angie and the Wick Poetry Center.

Angie Orlando is a teacher, writer, and mother who happens to be Deaf-Blind. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in special education. In 2016, Orlando earned a MFA degree in creative writing from Ashland University. She is a contributing author of Deaf-Blind Reality: Living the Life. Orlando’s work can also be viewed on her blog, Angie C. Orlando: Deaf-Blind and Determined. As the co-founder and president of Northeast Ohio Deaf-Blind Association, she is passionate about assisting people who are Deaf-Blind through awareness, education, and social opportunities. In addition, she visits and lectures in classrooms, medical centers, and in the Deaf community. She lives in Kent, Ohio with her teenage son and two cats.

Light refreshments will be served. Register to attend

Learn more about Angie on FaceBook at Deaf, Blind, and Determined