Auburn recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities with series of events

Published: November 28, 2022

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Auburn, the Office of Accessibility and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID, recognize and celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Saturday, Dec. 3. This day serves as a key moment to acknowledge the unique experiences and challenges of living with a disability while promoting the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The Auburn Family is encouraged to discover the Ability Exhibit, open Dec. 1-2 in Room 1101 of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment Building. The exhibit provides interactive stations designed to build awareness about people with disabilities and the disability movement, and participants can gain insight on ways to become disability allies and educators. Auburn's OID leadership is proud to partner with the Office of Accessibility to bring the Ability Exhibit to the university.

In addition to the exhibit, OID will host a Lunch & Learn event from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 2222-2223 of the Harold Melton Student Center. This event will include a presentation on Universal Design in Higher Education led by Ability Exhibit Director Mark Pousson.

Lunch & Learn attendees are encouraged to please consider bringing pasta, rice or hygiene products to be donated to the Auburn University Food Pantry for the holiday season. Please RSVP for the Lunch & Learn here.

In the world of athletics, Auburn’s Wheelchair Basketball Team continues to offer equal athletic opportunities to student-athletes with disabilities while promoting health, wellness and disability awareness. The team will continue its successful season during its home tournament from Dec. 17-18.

The College of Education recently profiled Julie Hill, an assistant professor who, after being diagnosed with a genetic connective tissue disorder, has been an advocate, researcher, counselor and spokesperson for people with chronic health conditions and disabilities.

To view Auburn’s full suite of resources for persons with disabilities of any kind, visit The Office of Accessibility website. For more information on Auburn’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, the monthly “This Month in DEI Calendar” and other notes of recognition, please visit OID through its website, on Instagram, DEI landing page or by signing up for the OID newsletter.

Submitted by: Myya Robinson