Workshops to promote education in recognition of Disability Awareness Month

February 17, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue University will offer a series of workshops in March to recognize and celebrate Disability Awareness Month. 

The events are free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. To register, visit  and click on the title of the event you would like to attend. Events are as follows:

* March 2. 10 – 11 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union, West Faculty Lounge. “Free Your Mind.” The 10th Annual Disability Awareness Month reception honoring the 2010 Focus Award recipients. Recipients have made outstanding contributions to the university’s commitment to disability accessibility and diversity.

* March 10. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057. Accessible technology webinar, "Best Practices in Developing and Disseminating Documents Electronically." This webinar will focus on best practices for making documents accessible when they are going to be distributed electronically, including, but not limited to, PDF, PowerPoint and Word documents.

* March 16. 2-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057. ADA audio conference, "Conducting Effective Accessibility Surveys Part I." This series will explore the requirements to conduct accessibility surveys by business, government and educational institutions to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

* March 24. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 313. "Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities." Emergency preparedness is a critical component of campus safety and can be of particular concern for those with disabilities. This workshop will discuss tips and campus resources applicable to different emergency situations for Purdue students, faculty, staff and visitors.

* March 30. 2-4 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 313. "Interacting with People with Disabilities." This workshop offers faculty, staff and students real-world guidance on creating an environment of respect and courtesy when interacting with people with a variety of disabilities. This workshop includes a panel of individuals who will share how to most effectively interact with individuals with disabilities.

For more information, for assistance with reserving a space at a session or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at 765-494-7253, 765-496-1343 (TTY) or

Writer:     Natalie Palmer, 765-496-3006,

Source:    Marcy Hintzman, assistant director of compliance and disability services, Office of Institutional Equity, 765-494-7253,