Workshops to promote education in recognition of Disability Awareness Month

February 18, 2011

The Office of Institutional Equity will offer a series of workshops in March to recognize and celebrate Disability Awareness Month. 

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

* Cultivate Inclusion
March 1. 10-11 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union, West Faculty Lounge.
Eric Arauz, mental health advocate and inspirational speaker, will speak at the Disability Awareness Month reception honoring the 2011 Focus Award recipients. Recipients have made outstanding contributions to the University’s commitment to disability accessibility and disability diversity.

* Mental Illness, College, and Recovery
March 1. 2-3 p.m.  Stewart Center, Room 318.
Eric Arauz, mental health advocate and inspirational speaker, credits college for saving his life. He will speak about his experiences in college with bipolar disorder 1, post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. His presentation will illustrate a life that is proof that the impossible is possible and you can "author" your own life.

* The Impact of Stress Spectrum Disorders on Veterans: Finding Success in Employment and Higher Education
March 2. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142.
An expert panel of veterans and experts will discuss their thoughts and views on the above topic. The session is co-sponsored by Operation Diploma, an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute. A light lunch and an opportunity to meet the panelists will be available from 11:30 a.m.-noon. RSVP by Thursday (Feb. 25) to if you would like to attend.

* Accessible Technology Webinar: Quick Checks for PDF Accessibility
March 8. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This webinar will show some "Quick Checks" that can be performed on a PDF file to see if it is accessible.

* ADA Audio Conference: Ins and Outs of Conducting a Self-Evaluation for Local Government
March 15. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This session will discuss guidelines on how to conduct a self-evaluation for local government agencies.

* Legal Issues Webinar: Post Secondary and Professional Licensing/Testing Issues
March 16. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Young Hall, Room 1057.
This webinar will review the relevant federal regulations and case law, and also discuss how the ADA Amendments Act may alter legal precedent on the types of reasonable accommodations and modifications required by the ADA, as well as the parameters of permissible medical inquiries for colleges, universities, community colleges and licensing entities.

* Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
March 22. 9-10:30 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
Emergency preparedness is a critical component of life 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.

* Interacting with People with Disabilities
March 31. 10 a.m.-noon. Stewart Center, Room 318.
Not sure what to say or do when you meet someone with a disability? 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. The workshop includes a panel of individuals who will share how to interact seamlessly with individuals with disabilities.

* The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act Briefing
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. To view dates and times, visit

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 All sessions are free and open to the public.