Workshops to promote education in recognition of Disability Awareness Month

March 1, 2013  

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

The registration pages can be accessed by clicking on the event titles below.

* Diversity Within the Disability Community: Disability Awareness Month Reception
10-11 a.m. Tuesday (March 5). Purdue Memorial Union, West Faculty Lounge.
Retired Staff Sgt. Eric Alva will speak at the Disability Awareness Month reception honoring the 2013 Focus Award recipients. Recipients have made outstanding contributions to the University's commitment to disability accessibility and disability diversity. Alva's talk is made possible by a grant from Google and is co-sponsored by LGBTQ Center.

* Guest Speaker Eric Alva: Overcoming Obstacles
3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday (March 5). France A. Córdova Recreation Center, Feature Gym.
Retired Staff Sgt. Eric Alva was the first American soldier injured in the Iraq War. After he retired from the military, Alva came out as a gay man. Since that time he has been a gay rights advocate who often speaks about LGBTQ issues and the military. Alva will discuss his battle to overcome his injuries and the difficulties he encountered after leaving military life.  From learning to walk with a prosthetic, to his desire to continue his education and get a degree, Alva shows audiences that it is important to never give up.  He emphasizes that by doing the right thing, from studying hard and working hard and everything in between, obstacles can be conquered. Alva's talk is made possible by a grant from Google and is co-sponsored by LGBTQ Center and the Latino Cultural Center.

* Accessibility in Higher Education: Making Purdue a More Livable Community for Students with a Disability 
10-11 a.m. Thursday (March 7). Rawls Hall, Room 2058.
This workshop includes a panel of students who will share their experiences and challenges as students with a disability. They also will discuss the techniques, supports, attitudes and teaching strategies that they have found helpful and have helped to remove barriers. The workshop is presented by the Disability Resource Center.

* ADA Audio Conference: Throwing the Switch – Empowering Advocates to Make the Most of Current Trends in Disability and Technology Policy
2-3:30 p.m. March 19. Young Hall, Room 1057.
Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the landmark Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and its impact on the usability of telecommunications and video programming technologies.  The session will also briefly explore the linkages and overlapping policy concerns of the CVAA and other laws, such as the ADA and copyright law.

* Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
9-10 a.m. March 20. Stewart Center, Room 313.
Emergency preparedness is a critical component of safety on campus and can be of particular concern for persons with disabilities. This workshop will discuss tips and campus resources applicable to different emergency situations for Purdue students, faculty, staff and visitors. The workshop is presented by the Campus Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office.

* ADA Legal Issues Webinar: Reasonable Accommodations in Employment – A General Update with Emphasis on Leave and Reassignment
2-3:30 p.m. March 20. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This session will focus on issues such as paid/unpaid leave as a form of reasonable accommodation and identify the most common situations in which employers have claimed the defense of "undue hardship." This session will also discuss any new/notable legal cases.

* Accessible Technology Webinar: Accessibility Testing in Enterprises Big and Small
2-3:30 p.m. March 21. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This webinar will discuss testing and review tools for website accessibility that are available to everyone -- from automated tools for the large enterprise to free tools to small non-profits.

* The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act Briefing 
Supervisor session -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 22. Stewart Center, Room 307.
Employee session -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 22. Neil Armstrong Hall, Room B071.
These sessions are designed to provide participants with a better understanding of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act, a supervisor's or employee's responsibilities at Purdue, a greater understanding of how to interact with employees with disabilities, and campus resources that can assist with reasonable accommodation requests.

Diversity within Disability
3-4:30 p.m. March 26. Stewart Center, Room 310.
People with disabilities are a diverse group crossing lines of age, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. It is the only group anyone can become a member of at any time. Some people are born with a physical or mental impairment while others may acquire one later in life as a result of a health issue or traumatic event. This session includes a panel of individuals who will share their stories, experiences and challenges in an effort to breakdown stereotypes and misinformation, explore the intersection of multiple identities, and promote civil dialogue around these challenging ideas. The session is co-presented by the LBGTQ Center.

Interacting with People with Disabilities  
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 27. Stewart Center, Room 214 A-D.
Not sure what to say or do when you meet someone with a disability? This workshop offers real-world guidance on creating an environment of respect and courtesy when interacting with people with a variety of disabilities. The workshop includes a panel of individuals who will share how to interact seamlessly with individuals with disabilities. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation or special assistance due to a disability for a program, contact the Office of Institutional Equity before the program begins at 49-47253, 765-496-1343 (TTY), or  Unless indicated otherwise, all sessions are free and open to the public.

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