The Day of Disability & Neurodiversity, hosted in partnership with the Center for Disability and Access and Universal Design and Access Committee, recognizes the year-round importance of promoting understanding and inclusivity on campus and facilitating discussions on ways to improve access for all. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. live with a disability, and these numbers increase among the elderly. Additionally, experts are emphasizing the need to encourage understanding around neurodiversity—and that there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, understanding, or behaving that works for everyone.
Day of Disability & Neurodiversity
The inaugural Day of Disability and Neurodiversity featured two campus events. The first, entitled “Making it Accessible: Actions for Accessible Events, Presentations, Social Media, and Basic Web Design,” will feature a series of presentations and discussions highlighting best practices for fostering accessibility. A second evening event, “Campus Experiences of Disability, Neurodiversity, and Ableism,” included a student-led roundtable where two important topics were explored: living with nonapparent disabilities, and neurodivergence and neurodiversity.