Disability Education Office

2021 Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

October 2021 is a month-long celebration of Disability Awareness and Inclusion.

Hosted by the Disability Education Office and the PLUS Program.

Information

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. 

Tip Sheets

Every Monday in October, faculty, and staff will receive a Tip Sheet email from the Disability Education Office. This email will showcase different disability awareness topics that will provide faculty and staff the tools they need to teach students with disabilities.

Topics

  • Monday, October 4th: Universal Design for Learning and Glean

  • Monday, October 11th: Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom

  • Monday, October 18th: Blackboard Ally

  • Monday, October 25th: Referrals to DEO

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. 

 


Events

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

Monday, October 4th – Friday, October 9th  
See the Able, Not the Label Exhibit

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to view this art exhibit-style event that will showcase famous individuals with known disabilities and their contributions to the world. 

  • Enter into a drawing by participating in a drawing for your chance to win a $20 gift card (5 winners total). To enter the drawing, follow this link and follow the directions listed.

  • Information on how to participate can be found in the Boyd Science Center Lobby.

  • Posters will be placed throughout the Boyd Science Center Lobby.

  • Each poster will have a QR code for the information to be presented in an accessible format (read aloud).

  • Available in the lobby of Boyd Science Center during building open hours.

Tuesday, October 5th  
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 5th
Teaching to All Learners: Using Universal Design to Support Teaching and Learning

  • Presented by Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins, Executive Director of Disability Resources Services, Muskingum University

  • As faculty, we are challenged by the variety of learning abilities, interests, and motivation that the students in our classrooms possess. Based on neuroscience research of how students learn, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can guide faculty to consider the individual needs of students when designing instructional goals, learning materials, learning activities, and assessment methods. This session will describe the principles of UDL and how those principles can support faculty in teaching to all learners. A case study format will be used to provide practical solutions to common problems faculty may experience during the teaching and learning process

  • Microsoft Teams

  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

Thursday, October 7th
Interacting with Autism: A Presentation on Seeing Past the Disability

  • Presented by Dr. Lindsay Carr, PLUS Connections Coordinator, Muskingum University

  • Muskingum University faculty and staff are invited to a workshop on the specific topic of interacting with autism. Individuals identified with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly enrolling in colleges as the world becomes more accepting of individuals who think and process differently. As this trend continues to grow, it is important to ensure that learning environments are equally prepared to welcome students with ASD. Please join us to learn about the unique characteristics/needs that this group of students bring with them to the learning environment and how they can best be supported to reach success in the college environment.

  • Boyd Science Center Room 336 and Microsoft Teams

  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

Thursday, October 14th
DIY Sensory Bottles

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to make their own sensory bottles. All supplies will be included, make sure to bring your friends.

  • Quad

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Thursday, October 14th
Faculty Webinar on Blackboard Ally

  • Presented by Alaine Kay, Instructional Teaching Specialist, Muskingum University

  • Ally accessibility software has officially launched on Muskingum's Blackboard sites. Join Alaine in a one-hour Teams session as she walks you through the basics of Ally: what it is, how to use it, and how to raise your score. You will learn how to recognize the features of Ally on your Blackboard site, identify ways in which having accessible courses help all students, resolve the most common accessibility issues in 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

  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  

Thursday, October 14th
Crip Camp Film

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us as we watch the film Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

  • On the heels of Woodstock, a group of teen campers are inspired to join the fight for disability civil rights. This spirited look at grassroots activism is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

  • Library Colloquium

  • 6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Monday, October 18th – Friday, October 22nd
Scavenger Hunt

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us in a scavenger hunt to find various disability-associated logos, ribbons, etc. that will be scattered across campus bulletin boards.

  • Each time you find one, scan the QR code with your phone and follow the directions on the form.

  • Each form submission will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a $20 gift card (5 winners total).  

Thursday, October 21st
Pumpkin Decorating

  • DEO & PLUS students & friends are welcome to decorate their own pumpkins. Pumpkins and decorations will be provided.   

  • Walter Hall Tent

  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM

Thursday, October 21st
Accessible Yoga

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us for accessible yoga lead by Leah Shirer. Bring your own yoga mats.

  • Quad Tent

  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, October 22nd  
Special Events Poetry featuring Torrin A. Greathouse

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us for the Special Events Poetry Speaker, Torrin A. Greathouse. 

  • Torrin A. Greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk poet & author of Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, 2020 (Milkweed Editions); currently a 2021 NEA Creative Writing Fellow

  • Zoom

  • 4:00 PM 

Tuesday, October 26th
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

Tuesday, October 26th
Alumni Experiences

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us as alumni from the PLUS Program will share their experiences of how Muskingum University and academic support from the PLUS Program prepared them with the skills to be successful in their careers and life after college.
  • Microsoft Teams
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  

Thursday, October 28th
My Last Breath Film 

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us as we watch the film My List Breath. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

  • On a cold January morning in 1992, 17-year-old Josh LaRue woke up struggling to breathe. Josh had asthma. He knew not to panic; he’d been through this many times before. But as the seconds ticked by, he realized this attack was different. As his Father attempted to rush Josh to the hospital, he took his last breath of life as he knew it. This film revisits that morning and reveals an untold story that will truly inspire. It is a true reminder...life can change in the blink of an eye.

  • Directed By Cy Dodson, Produced By Kelly Jo McDonnell, Music Composed and Performed by Jonathan Haidle.

  • Library Colloquium

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Thursday, October 28th
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)

  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

Saturday, October 30th  
Bingo & Bonfire  

  • The Muskingum University community is invited to join us for an event co-hosted with MPB for bingo and a bonfire. Come in a costume and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two gift cards. Snacks and drinks provided.

  • Chess Center Patio

  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
     


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