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Upcoming Events

For planning purposes, please register at the links provided on the session titles below for those sessions that may be of interest to you. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants with disabilities. If you need assistance with registering, or require an accommodation or special assistance due to a disability, please contact us before the program begins at (765) 494-7253 or via e-mail at equity@purdue.edu.

The Welcome Center has visitor information available to those who are planning a trip to campus including maps & directions, visitor parking, and metered disability parking locations.

March Events: Disability Awareness Month

The Office of Institutional Equity is pleased to offer the following opportunities in recognition and celebration of Disability Awareness Month. 

Lectures and Guest Speakers

    • Making Your Community a Livable Community, March 3rd
    • Preventing Suicide Among LGBT Service Members, March 10th
    • Wheelchair  Ballroom Dancing, March 13th
    • A Life Not Otherwise Specified, March 24th
    • I Wish People Knew… (Panel Discussion), 31st

Web Accessibility

    • Web Accessibility: What It Is, How It Applies To You, and Helpful Resources, March 16th
    • Building Blocks to Creating Accessible Word Documents and PowerPoint Slides, March 16th & 23rd
    • Compliance Sheriff Panel Discussion and Training, March 18th
    • Building Blocks to Creating Accessible PDFs, March 19th & 25th

Training Workshops

    • Assistive Technology Center Open House, March 6th
    • Assistive Technology in Agriculture and Gardening, March 11th
    • Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Autism Awareness, March 12th
    • Advance Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Workshops, March 17th & 19th
    • Ensuring Events Are Accessible, March 20th   
    • What is Project Eye To Eye?, March 23rd
    • Spring 2015 Indiana AHEAD Conference, March 26th & 27th

Lectures and Guest Speakers

Brian Petraits:  Making Your Community a Livable Community

What makes a community a great place to live? Is it quality housing, streets, transportation, education, and access to vital goods and services? A “livable community” is all of these things and more. During this session Brian Petraits, Senior Manager of Industries at Bosma Enterprises and Purdue Alumnus, will talk about the issues and steps we can all take to make our communities more inclusive, welcoming, and livable for people of all ages and abilities. For more information about Mr. Petraits and this session, please view the event flyer.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Stewart Center (STEW), Room 313

Preventing Suicide Among LGBTQ Service Members
Co-Presented by the LGBTQ Center, Veterans Success Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services
Co-Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and MFRI
During this session participants will view the Award-winning PBS documentary ASK NOT, which explores the history and effects of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.   By following the personal stories of service members, ASK NOT reveals the psychological tolls on gay Americans who served in combat under a veil of secrecy.  A panel of veterans and professionals trained in suicide prevention will begin a debrief discussion following the film.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, please view the event flyer.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lawson (LWSN), Room 1142

Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing Featuring Frank Epperson
Wheelchair ballroom dancer Frank Epperson and Nicole Thompson, partner and instructor from Five Star Dance Studio, will be demonstrating dance techniques and reviewing the comparison of dancing with a person who uses a wheelchair versus a person who stands. Mr. Epperson will also share his personal dance experiences. For more information about Mr. Epperson, please view the event flyer.

Friday, March 13, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Matthews (MTHW), Room 210

David Bowker: A Life Not Otherwise Specified
Being labeled can be both confirming and limiting. We are all much more than one label or description, yet that one label can also give a name, a definition, a sense of belonging, or a legitimacy to who you are and what you have experienced. In the second grade, David Bowker was diagnosed with a learning disorder: “Not Otherwise Specified.” Since then he has been pondering many questions including: “Is this even a real thing? Is there a difference between weakness and disability, and, if so, what is it?”  Through this personal journey, he has come to some important realizations about people. Come join Mr. Bowker as he shares his thoughts in words and music. For more information about Mr. Bowker, please view the event flyer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Stewart Center (STEW), Room 313

I Wish People Knew… (Panel Discussion)
Moderated by the Disability Resource Center
During this panel discussion, Purdue students and employees with disabilities will share their life, school, and work experiences. The panelists will also discuss the things they wish people knew about the world and culture of disability.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Stewart Center (STEW), Room 313

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Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility: What It Is, How It Applies To You, and Helpful Resources

Co-Presented by IT Teaching and Learning Technologies
Did you know that Purdue has a Web Accessibility Policy to ensure that people with disabilities have access to electronic information? During this session participants will learn what web accessibility is, how it applies to them, and helpful resources to make web pages accessible to all individuals. 

Monday, March 16, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rawls Hall (RAWLS), Room 1057

Building Blocks to Creating Accessible Word Documents and PowerPoint Slides
Co-Presented by IT Teaching and Learning Technologies
There are simple techniques you can use to improve the accessibility of your Word documents and PowerPoint slides as you create them. This hands-on training will show you these techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring and use their own files. 

Monday, March 16, 2015                                      
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                             
StanleyCoulter (SC), Room 277                        

Monday, March 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Stanley Coulter (SC), Room 277

Compliance Sheriff Panel Discussion
Co-Presented by IT Teaching and Learning Technologies
Compliance Sheriff (CS) is an automated accessibility testing tool that helps organizations ensure that their web pages meet accessibility standards. A panel of CS users will share their experiences (e.g., how they have used it, tips and tricks, etc.) and answer questions about this automated accessibility testing tool.  More information about Compliance Sheriff is available online.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Stanley Coulter (SC), Room 102

Compliance Sheriff Training
Co-Presented by IT Teaching and Learning Technologies
Compliance Sheriff (CS) is an automated accessibility testing tool that helps organizations ensure that their web pages meet accessibility standards. CS features a web-based user interface that checks the overall compliance of a website and identifies web pages with accessibility issues.  Anyone requesting free access to use CS must go through in-person training first and should have a basic understanding of HTML code. More information about Compliance Sheriff is available online.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stanley Coulter (SC), Room 283


Building Blocks to Creating Accessible PDFs
Co-Presented by IT Teaching and Learning Technologies
This hands-on training is targeted to anyone who authors PDF documents, regardless of the technical experience possessed. Participants will learn how to create an accessible PDF document from a Word document using Adobe Acrobat Professional 11.  Participants are encouraged to bring and use their own files.

Thursday, March 19, 2015                                
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                           
Stanley Coulter (SC), Room 283                     

Wednesday, March 25,2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Hampton Hall (HAMP), Room 31

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Training Workshops

Assistive Technology Center Open House

You’re invited to an open house at Purdue’s Assistive Technology Center. Topics that will be covered include:

  • General information on assistive technology
  • Information on assistive technology software available in all ITaP labs
  • Additional software and hardware available only in the Assistive Technology Center
  • An opportunity to ask questions and get assistance

Friday, March 6, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stewart Center (STEW), Room 111

Assistive Technology in Agriculture and Gardening
Presented by the Purdue AgrAbility Project and Life Essentials
This hands-on session will demonstrate various technologies, both large and small, to assist people with disabilities involved in agriculture or gardening. Information will be presented by Purdue's AgrAbility Project and Life Essentials, manufacturers of assistive technology for agricultural production.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building
(ABE), Room106        

                                                             
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities (including Autism Safety)
Presented by the Campus Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office and Purdue Fire Department
Emergency preparedness is a critical component of safety on campus and can be of particular concern for persons with disabilities, including those with autism.  This workshop will discuss tips and campus resources in different emergency situations for Purdue students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Terry Memorial House (TERY), Large Conference Room

Advanced Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Workshops
These sessions focus on ensuring all members of the University community are treated with respect and dignity to create an environment free from disability-related discrimination and harassment. NOTE: The Risk Management Employment Claims Initiative Module 2 – Americans with Disabilities Act online training is a pre-requisite for these courses. There are two advanced sessions offered:

Supervisors

The supervisor’s session provides a brief review of the ADA and then focuses on a supervisor’s responsibilities with regard to the law including:

  • Reasonable accommodations: recognizing requests, documenting requests, maintaining confidentiality
  • Maintaining accurate job descriptions
  • Upholding equitable performance and conduct standards                                                           

Tuesday, March 17, 2015        
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Rawls Hall (RAWLS), Room 1057

Non-supervisors
The general session provides a brief review of the ADA, an overview of the reasonable accommodation process, the employee’s responsibilities with regard to the law, and specific campus resources available for guidance.           

Thursday, March 19, 2014      
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Rawls Hall (RAWLS), Room 1057

Ensuring Events Are Accessible
Co-Presented and Co-Sponsored by Purdue Memorial Union
Ensuring access to meetings, conferences, workshops, performances, and other types of events requires forethought and preparation. During this session, participants will learn methods and strategies to provide greater access for individuals with disabilities.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, March 20, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Stewart Center (STEW), Room 313

What is Project Eye To Eye? (Registration is Not Required)

Presented by the Disability Resource Center
Project Eye to Eye is a mentoring movement that brings college students with ADHD or Learning Disabilities, otherwise known as “think different diplomats,” together with elementary, middle, and high school students who are also different thinkers. Join us to learn more about the activities that take place during the hour that the mentors and mentees work together on the weekly art-based curriculum.

Monday, March 23, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Rawls Hall (RAWLS), Room 1086

Spring 2015 Indiana AHEAD Conference
The Indiana Chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (IN-AHEAD) is holding its Spring 2015 conference at the Purdue West Lafayette campus on March 26th & 27th! The bi-annual conference serves as an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across Indiana who support the needs of students with disabilities in our colleges and universities. Interested members of the Purdue community are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to connect with state-wide peers and leaders in the higher education disability community. Confirmed speakers include:  L. Scott Lissner, Ohio State University ADA Coordinator/Associate & Lecturer; Past President National Association on Higher Education and Disability AND Dr. David Parker, Psychologist, Post-Secondary Disability Specialist and ADD Life Coach, CRG Indianapolis

For the Spring 2015 Conference Agenda and Registration please visit: https://www.ahead.org/affiliates/indiana.   Contact Nicole Jasinski at njasinsk@purdue.edu or at 765-494-1247 with questions about the IN-AHEAD Conference


Thursday, March 26 & 27, 2015
Begins at 11:00 a.m. on March 26, 2015 and ends at 12:00 p.m. on March 27, 2015
Purdue Memorial Union (PMU), Anniversary Drawing Room

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