Published on October 2nd, 2020 | by University Communications


Saint Leo community invited to join Disability Awareness Week activities

Each October, Saint Leo University observes Disability Awareness Week. This celebration is a chance to reflect on our core values and the ways in which individuals with disabilities have contributed to our university and community. It is also an opportunity to consider the ways we can work together to promote inclusion and equity in everything we do. This year, the theme of Disability Awareness Week is Building Inclusive Communities. The university is hosting a number of virtual events October 12 – 16 help our community come together, celebrate, and reflect.  The Office of Accessibility Services invites all members of the Saint Leo community to participate in any or all of the week’s events.

Events and activities include:

Community Art Project: Submit your own original artwork (e.g., painting, graphic design, photography, etc.) to represent an inclusive community. All submissions will be displayed in the Kunstmatrix Virtual Art Gallery and select submissions will be part of the physical display on the University Campus. Send artwork and title to selected for the physical display will be notified on Thursday, October 15.

Deaf Culture and American Sign Language event: Become an ally and record a short video of yourself finger spelling your name and the phrase “I am an ally of the Deaf community.” After recording your video, post it to Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtags #sludisabilityawareness #eipflorida and #fcdpinellas and tag Accessibility. If you need to learn or refresh your ASL skills, check back soon for a link to the Disability Awareness webpage. 

Discovery Challenge: The Saint Leo community can challenge friends to see who can earn the most points and prizes while exploring the things that interest you most during Disability Awareness Week. Prizes range from coffee gift cards to Saint Leo merchandise. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 16. Check back here for a link to the webpage to find out how to accept the challenge. 

Trivia Night: Do you think you know about the history of disability rights and the ways in which Accessibility Services promotes equal access at Saint Leo University? Trivia Night will offer an opportunity to test that knowledge, compete for prizes, and earn points toward the Discovery Challenge. Join from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, October 12, via Zoom. Pre-Register for Trivia Night to earn 1 point for the Discovery Challenge!

Movie Night: Attend a screening of the movie Crip Camp, and a discussion exploring the ways that a small summer camp for teens with disabilities set the stage for a disability rights revolution. After the movie, panelists and participants will discuss the ways in which individuals with disabilities are represented in news and popular media, the successes and barriers related to equal access in employment, education, and community living, and the role of individuals with disabilities in the continued fight for civil rights. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, October 13, and the panel discussion will begin immediately after the film.

For information about these events, visit the Disability Awareness webpage

For more information about Accessibility Services at Saint Leo University, email or call (352) 588-8464.


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