Disability Awareness Month Honors the Nations's Largest Minority

mikemcgee.pngThe Disability Services for Students office is proud to sponsor the sixth annual Disability Awareness Month in April with several activities.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2008, more than 51 million Americans were classified as disabled, representing 18 percent of the population. Disability is included in the "Big 8" of Diversity, which also includes culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and class, but is sometimes overlooked as a diversity category.

People with disabilities cross all racial, gender, educational, and socioeconomic lines; and disability is the nation's largest minority and one that any one of us could join at any time, says Brent Boyer, Director of Disability Services for Students (DSS).

Disability Awareness Month events include:

Transition From College to Employment Workshop - "How and When Should I Disclose My Disability at Work? Wednesday, April 9, noon-1 p.m., HUB.

Valerie McKamey and Sandra Aguayo (California State Department of Rehabilitation) discuss disability-related issues in relation to transitioning from college to the workplace. Topics covered will include how and when to disclose disability in the workplace and how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers employees with disabilities. Department of Rehabilitation programs, benefits and eligibility will also be discussed.

"Adaptation, Creativity, and Humor--A Talk with "Mighty" Mike McGee", Tuesday, April 15, 4 -5 p.m.,The HUB
"Mighty" Mike McGee, comedian and two-time World Poetry Slam Champion, shares his story about living with Spina Bifida, a disability caused by a malformation of the spine. McGee also performs in The HUB at 7 p.m. For accommodations, please email mark.fabionar@sonoma.edu.

Disability, Civil Rights, and Inequality--A Talk with Dr. Lauren Morimoto, Tuesday, April 22, noon -1 p.m., The HUB

Learn about how the legacy of inequality, due to how certain bodies have been racialized and gendered, also extends to people with differently abled bodies. For accommodations, email mark.fabionar@sonoma.edu.

"Disability Awareness Month Celebration, 2 p. m., Thursday, May 1, HUB

All DSS graduating seniors who have a minimum 3.0 GPA (undergrad) or 3.3 GPA (graduate) will be recognized with an honor cord for graduation. DSS will also be honoring the recipient of the Sonoma County Mayors' Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (SCMCEPD) Educational Scholarship and will hold a raffle for prizes.

TOP: "Mighty"Mike McGee

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