RDS sponsors Disability Awareness programs throughout the year. Many of our efforts are concentrated through individual class lectures or presentations associated with other university-wide programming.
In the past, RDS has presented a concentrated number of programs at a certain time of the year. However, due to a lack of resources, currently programs are created in collaboration with other entities on campus and are presented at different times. Disability awareness, like other aspects of diversity, is viewed as a normal part of the overall education offered to students, faculty and staff.
The following are specific programs co-sponsored by RDS with other entities:
Rio Brazil, Paralympics
An opportunity to create a Brazilian dessert and then watch some events of the 2016 Paralympics, an athletic event that follows every Olympic games in the same host city. Sponsored by Edwards Hall ICA, Kelsey Carpenter.
The following programs were offered in the month of October that highlighted disability issues and employment. For more information, contact the sponsoring units.
Maysoon Zayid Comedy Show
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. She received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University and is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Among many things, Maysoon was a full-time On-Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show andHuffington Post Live. Maysoon is a recurring columnist at The Daily Beast and was a speaker at TEDWomen 2013. Maysoon has appeared on Comedy Central, PBS, CNN, HBO, MTV, ABC, BBC, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon's screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women's Enews. She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, an education and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children. Maysoon was delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC's Women Who Care Awards and currently sits on the planning committee. Sponsored by RamEvents, Office of Equal Opportunity, and Resources for Disabled Students.
Individuals with Disabilities: Transitioning from Student to the Workforce
The primary audience for this free discussion is CSU students but it is also open to all staff and faculty. This discussion included information on available job resources for individuals with disabilities, how and when to self-identify as an individual with a disability in the employment context, differences in obtaining accommodations as a student versus as an employee, and how to request accommodation for a job interview. This discussion also provided helpful information for students with disabilities applying to the Workforce Recruitment Program. This event was presented by the Career Center and the Department of Occupational Therapy in collaboration with Resources for Disabled Students and the Office of Equal Opportunity.
NDEA Month Workshop: Seeing People with Disabilities as Employable
In honor of NDEAM, the College of Business hosted a Social Justice Workshop Series called Seeing People with Disabilities as Employable. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme was “My disability is one part of who I am.” The focus of the workshop was on the fundamentals of ability status, daily interactions, stigmas that surround people with disabilities, and the hurdles someone with disabilities faces when applying for jobs. This workshop showed a portion of a film called, “No Way In,” followed by an interactive discussion facilitated by COB faculty member, Stanley Slater, and Rose Kreston, RDS director. Co-sponsored by the College of Business, Resources for Disabled Students and the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities
This presentation provided an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and provides an overview of the accommodation process at CSU, including definitions and terms. This event was presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act: Information for Supervisors
This presentation provided an overview of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act, protections extended by the Acts, a supervisor’s responsibilities with regard to the Acts, guidance on how to interact with an employee with a disability, and information in the reasonable accommodation process. This event is presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Pregnancy
This presentation provided information on the interplay between the ADA and pregnancy, including whether pregnancy can be a disability, guidance on work restrictions associated with pregnancy, and the accommodation process. This event is presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Veterans and Disability: Supporting and Understanding Life after Service
This session was a guided-discussion that discussed the strengths and challenges that veterans with disabilities bring to our community. This session was designed to encourage audience participation and included a discussion about military culture, stigmas surrounding veterans with disabilities strategies to support disabled veterans in the classroom and/or workplace and to problem solve audience questions. This event was presented by the Center for Community Partnership’s New Start for Student Veterans in collaboration with the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Josh Sundquist, Paralympian and Motivational Speaker
Josh Sundquist a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Paralympic ski racer. He has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House. At age nine Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen and he took up ski racing three years later. He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy. Josh has been featured on CNN, USA TODAY, and NPR. His memoir, Just Don't Fall, was a National Bestseller. This event was sponsored by RamEvents, the Office Equal Opportunity and Resources for Disabled Students.
De-Stressing with Dogs
What do the Facts of Life, Deadwood, and the ECW Press have in common?
A comedic presentation by Geri Jewell was sponsored by Campus Activities, GLBT Resource Center, and RDS on October 6, 2011. Geri broke boundaries by becoming the first person with a disability to ever appear primetime on a television show. Her Hollywood resume includes the Facts of LIfe, 21 Jom Street, Strong Medicine, and Deadwood. She is also wrapping up or filming two new movies. Her memoir, I'm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond was released earlier this year. The title as many have noted has a dual meaning, related to both her sexuality and her disability.
A showing of the film, The Horse Boy, was sponsored by Campus Activities and RDS on April 5 and 6, 2011. This film depicted one family's epic and highly personal spiritual journey to Mongolia in search of a cure for their son's autism. It eventually leads the parents to a better understanding of their son and his condition.
A symposium on Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders on a College Campus was hosted by Resources for Disabled Students and the Center for Community Partnerships (Occupational Therapy department). The focus was to help the campus community be more attuned to the characteristics of students with ASD and how best to help students be successful. The symposium took place in the Lory Student Center, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24, 2011.
Highlights of the program are available on the Symposium website. www.colostate.edu/asd This includes the taped keynote address by Dr. Temple Grandin and taped sessions conducted by Dr. Jane Thierfeld-Brown and Dr. Lorraine Wolfe.
The symposium was free and over 450 people pre-registered. It was open to the public, including the Poudre Valley school district personnel.
The Crutch Master! Bill Shannon gave a performance demonstrating his pioneering crutch breakdancing on October 26, 2010. He has put on shows all over the world from Amsterdam to the Sydney Opera House, been featured in large scale music videos, and even choreographed specific elements for Cirque Du Soleil. This event was sponsored by ASAP.
See a short video about dancing on crutches CrutchMaster (not captioned)
ASL Comedy Tour, a group of comedians who express themselves through sign language performed April 28, 2010. Sponsored by Campus Activities, Committee for Disabled Student Accessibility, CSU Parent's Fund and Resources for Disabled Students, this group tickled funny bones while introducing the audience to a cultural difference rarely thought about. A workshop focusing on improvisational games was offered in the afternoon.
Josh Blue, a winner of the Last Comic Standing program, is a comedian who knows that living with a disability can be a 'laughing' matter! According to his website, he "uses his incredible sense of humor and likeability to defy stereotypes and encourage others to overcome their preconceived notions about people who are considerd 'disabled.'" He performed on campus October 21, 2009.
Don't know who Josh Blue is? Check this YouTube short: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbMg1dLYqg8
Keith Wann, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) comedian, came to CSU on March 27, 2009. "Watching Two Worlds Collide" featured humorous stories about growing up with Deaf parents in a hearing world. Performed in American Sign Language, there was a voice interpreter provided. Co-sponsored by RDS, American Sign Language Club at CSU, Diversity and Justice Progams, and ASAP. FREE to the public.
Check Keith Wann out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2nX41KvnNY or at www.keithwann.com
Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, was on campus April 6 and 7, 2009. Co-sponsored by RDS, Committee for Disabled Student Accessibility, GLBT Resource Center, and Campus Activities.
On April 6, Eli presented "Listening to the Freaks," a multi-media lecture and discussion that explores what the freak shows can teach us about resistance and exploitation, pride and shame. Through story-telling, poetry, and analysis, race, disability, imperialism, and queerness are woven together into narratives of pride and witness.
Eli also conducted a reading from his two books (Exile and The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion) with a booksigning to follow on April 7 as well as facilitating a storytelling workshop "Stories in Motion: Listening to the Marrow," exploring what stories tell us about embodied experiences of race, disability, violence, class, gender identity, and sexuality.
For more information on Eli Clare, visit: http://eliclare.com/books/
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