University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

Oct. 23 and 24: disABILITY Advocate Training for Faculty, Staff, Students

October 12, 2012

Did you know that people with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority? That each of us will become disabled at some time? That educational opportunities are less available and affordable to individuals with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds? (Disabled World News). As part of Disability Awareness Month, Services for Students with Disabilities is offering the disABILITY Advocate Foundation program to faculty, staff and students and disABILITY Advocate Faculty Program that targets the needs of faculty members.

The disABILITY Advocate Foundation Program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in SAC 2.120. The program is designed to help those in the university community develop knowledge and advocacy skills to promote inclusion and access for people with disabilities. Over 500 students, faculty and staff have become Advocates on campus.The engaging two-hour training provides a foundation in disability awareness and allows for interaction and discussion among participants. Topics include disability-related language, how to recognize and reduce barriers for people with disabilities, the perspective of disability as an aspect of diversity and how to make a positive difference on campus for people with disabilities.

On Oct. 24, the disABILITY Advocate Faculty Program will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in SSB 4.212. This training provides an opportunity for education and discussion about how to interact with and accommodate students with disabilities in order to create an understanding and inclusive environment at UT while also balancing the integrity and rigor of academic courses and requirements.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact ssd-advocate@austin.utexas.edu. Visit the information disABILITY Advocate home page for more information.

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