2020 Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

October 2020 is a month-long celebration of Disability Awareness and Inclusion.

Hosted by the Disability Education Office, the PLUS Program, and the office of Diversity, Access and Inclusion.


Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month will include various events (both virtual and in-person) that highlight the importance of making a positive impact on campus for individuals with disabilities and emphasize the significance of inclusion. 

Assistive Tech Tuesdays

Every Tuesday in October, students, faculty, and staff will receive an Assistive Tech Tuesday email. This email will showcase different assistive technology applications and programs that assist every student, not just individuals with disabilities. Students, a lot of these applications and programs are free or have a very little cost and are very beneficial to help you academically. Faculty and staff, these emails can be great tools that you may want to use as well. They can be useful tools to suggest to students as well. 

History of Disability Rights

Disability rights are civil rights and there have been significant movements that have gotten us where we are today. To read more about the progress that has been made and the history of disability rights, please follow this link to view an article posted by the New York Times. 


This link provides the poster found across campus with the list of events for the month of October. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Tie Dye Mask Party

  • DEO & PLUS students & friends are welcome to a Tie Dye Mask Party. Masks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own too. 
  • Located in tent outside Walter Hall
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 – See the Able, Not the Label Exhibit

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to view this art exhibit style event will showcase famous individuals with known disabilities and their contributions to the world. 
  • Enter into a drawing by participating in a scavenger hunt for your chance to win a $20 gift card (5 winners total). Follow this link for the scavenger hunt survey questions. 
  • Information on how to participate can be found in the Library Colloquium
  • Posters will be placed throughout the Library 
  • Each poster will have a QR code for the information to be presented in an accessible format.
  • Available in the Library during Library Hours

Thursday, October 8, 2020 –  Faculty Webinar on Blackboard Ally

  • Presented by Alaine Kay, Blackboard Liaison, Muskingum University
  • A new-to-Muskingum software, Blackboard Ally easily creates accessible documents for all students who are in your Blackboard course. During this one-hour Teams session, Alaine will walk you through the basics of Ally: what it is, how to use it, and what to expect as it is rolled out. You will learn how to recognize the features of Ally when they appear on Blackboard; identify ways in which accessibility helps all students, not just those with disabilities; identify and resolve the most common accessibility issues on Muskingum's Blackboard courses; and learn where to direct students’ questions about Ally. This session will be recorded for faculty to view at a later time.
  • Microsoft Teams
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Faculty, Staff, and Advisor Webinar: Grit, Self-Determination and Coaching

  • Presented by David Parker, Ph.D., Children’s Resource Group and 
    Sharon Fields, Ph.D., Wayne State University 
  • Particularly in times of stressful transitions, coaching can help college students make self-determined choices about living a more balanced and fulfilling life. During this webinar held in BSC 336, Dr. Parker will share research-based examples of how coaching helps students enhance their use of positive self-talk, connect good intentions to behavioral follow-through, and utilize resources for identifying and achieving goals that are meaningful to them. As students strengthen their executive functioning skills through coaching, they are less likely to experience the mental health challenges that can overwhelm members of this generation.
  • BSC336
  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Inclusion is Sweet

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to stop by the Quad and talk to members of the DEO, PLUS, and DAI staff and get a sweet treat. 
  • Quad
  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – Faculty and Staff Webinar: Students with Autism Share their Perspectives 

  • Presented by Jane Thierfeld-Brown, College Autism Spectrum
  • We often hear from "experts" about issues for students with autism. Let's hear directly from the people experiencing our campuses, the true experts. During this webinar held in BSC 336, students from various majors and varying years of college experience will enlighten us with their views of college, experience with transition to remote learning, strategies that work and services needed, especially with all the changes from the pandemic. Disability Service professionals who direct Autism Programs will facilitate the discussion.
  • BSC336
  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

Thursday, October 22, 2020 – People First: Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities 

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join a student panel to hear their perspectives and learn how to interact with individuals with disabilities. 
  • Microsoft Teams (invitation to come)
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – Halloween Study Break 

  • DEO & PLUS students & friends are welcome to join us for some games, fun, and snacks. 
  • Located in tent outside Walter Hall
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2020 – Be an Ally

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us for an event for Be an Ally event with snacks, games, and prizes. 
  • Quad
  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM

Friday, October 23, 2020 – Brewed Awakening

  • BINGO!  
  • Virtual through Microsoft Teams
  • 8:30 PM

Friday, October 30, 2020 – Bonfire at the Chess Center 

  • Chess Center Patio
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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