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disAbility Awareness Month

October is disAbility Awareness Month (dAM)!

SAS celebrates disAbility Awareness Month- the "d" is intentionally lower case to emphasize people's ability rather than disability- every October in an effort to highlight the various and wide-ranging abilities of people who may otherwise be considered "disabled." Each year, we plan exciting events for faculty, staff, students, and community members.

2018 DisAbility Awareness Month Events

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. 

2018 Schedule

Technology Accessible to Everyone Workshop

October 5, 2018
1:00-3:00 PM
Kent Student Center Room 310 A & B

Join the Flash Technology Center and Student Accessibility Services in exploring assistive technology that is built right into Apple products. Our session is designed to teach anyone the basis of using assistive technologies from everyday tasks to creative projects and we will show you how to get started.

*Seating Limited. RSVP at FlashTech@kent.edu

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Pizza with SAS (for Students)

October 8, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 PM
SAS Lobby, Library, First Floor Suite 100

Students connected with SAS or interested in becoming connected with SAS are invited to enjoy pizza & refreshments* with the SAS staff.  Join us as we explain what SAS offers regarding student access on campus. Food, trivia games, prizes! *Healthy options provided.

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SAS Open House for Faculty and Staff

October 15, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 AM
SAS Lobby, Library, First Floor Suite 100

Faculty & Staff are invited to enjoy coffee & donuts* with the SAS staff. Join us as we explain what SAS offers regarding access on campus.

*Healthy options provided

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Disability Inclusion Workshop

October 16, 2018
10:00-11:30 AM
Heer Hall 107

Please come and participate in this interactive workshop that will enhance awareness of cultural diversity, examine personal attitudes and biases toward individuals with disabilities, and provide information to better understand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Registration Link 

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MS Word Access: Recipe for success

October 19, 2018
2:15 -4:45 PM
Library 152

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.

Registration Link 

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Caption This?

October 18, 2018
2:15 - 3:30 PM
Library 152

Information on the process of adding captions to video content, including basic technical terminology, videos requiring captioning, industry standards, example workflows, outsourcing, and software requirements. Participants will learn how Student Accessibility Services collaborates with faculty to create captioned content for registered students. There will be time for Q&A. Video demonstration is used, but this is not a hands-on workshop.

Registration Link

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Creating Accessible PDF’s

October 24, 2018
10:50 - 12:05 PM
Library 152

Digital Access Compliance with PDFs: Creating accessible PDFs. Shares the basic steps to creating Adobe PDF documents that can be transcribed by assistive reader applications such as JAWS or NVDA to provide access to individuals who have low vision or are blind.  

Registration Link 

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Spotlight Event: Kent State of Accessibility: Intersection of Mental Health & Disabilities

October 24, 2018
10:00 AM to 2:15 PM

Join SAS, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kent State of Wellness and the Kent State Accessibility Committee in the Kent Student Center to learn more on the following topics:

Session A: Voices of Disability Experience at Kent State University - Students, faculty, and staff with psychological disabilities share their personal stories of identity and suggestions to promote inclusively.

Session B: Mindfulness and the Brain: Research and Application - Mindfulness is a means to mitigate the stressors of daily life. Explore the basics of mindfulness and its interaction with psychological disabilities, learn about applicable research that supports those efforts, and discover some practical approaches to incorporating mindfulness into your life and work.

Keynote Panel: Perspectives on the Intersection of Mental Health and Disability - Psychological disabilities are on the rise on college campuses across the country. A panel of Kent State faculty and staff will discuss current trends and offer insight into the challenges and opportunities that lie at the intersection of mental health and disability

Registration Link

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Creating Community during disability Awareness Month

October 26, 2018
11:00 - 12:30 PM
ORH 214

Some students with unique learning characteristics may experience a depletion of cognitive resources in class and on campus due to impacts from persistent inequity and misunderstanding of their abilities.Do you notice some students have unique learning characteristics and may experience struggles sometimes in class and on campus because their abilities might be misunderstood?  This session led by Dr. Tina Bhargava, Dr. Lisa Audet, Dr. Leah Subak and a panel of individuals with various learning differences who have experienced some of the issues in question, will explore the concept of Bandwidth Recovery through on campus collaboration, relationship development, and community building to effect change.

Bring your own lunch.  Cookies provided.

Interpreters provided. 

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