Disability Engagement Symposium 2015
The signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990 forever changed the lives of millions of Americans. This year Disability Services focused their annual Disability Engagement Symposium on the 25th anniversary of this monumental achievement with three days of games, food and dialogue. The Disability Engagement Symposium was held from October 20–22, 2015 in the Student Center East starting at 11 a.m. each day.
The first event, ADA-Remembering Together: 25 Years of History, brought awareness to the ADA through fun and educational games meant to inform students about the history and facts about the bill. Afterwards, students reported increased understanding and knowledge of disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
On day two, October 21, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2014, Yvette Pegues, captivated attendees with personal stories of her experience with disabilities and how she has been affected by the ADA. Those who attended the event stated that Ms. Pegues’s inspirational talk helped bring to consciousness the struggles of people with disabilities of which they were previously unaware.
Disability Services concluded the three-day symposium by partnering with the office of Black Student Achievement to deliver an hour and a half training called Speak up: Advocacy Seminar. The seminar provided attendees with the basic skills of effective advocacy for themselves, others and a cause or an issue. Attendees also learned about critical moments in the Disability Civil Rights movement. The audience left the event with the skills essential to developing an advocacy plan and were thankful to be able to voice their concerns regarding advocacy.
Disability Services would like to thank everybody who came out to make this year’s Disability Engagement Symposium a success.