Disability Identity and Culture Month

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This October, Miami is excited to celebrate Disability Identity and Culture Month, stemming from the nationally recognized Disability Employment Awareness Month. Miami uses this time to highlight authentic representations of disability, disability language, and how society understands disability. During this month and beyond we hope all members of the Miami community take time to listen to the disability community, learn about disability in its various forms, and act to increase accessibility in their daily lives.



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Upcoming Events

Miller Center for Student Disability Services campus accessibility bingo. Nine different bingo squares consisting of watch Crip Camp with captions, take a wheelchair accessible route to class/meeting, followed three disabled activists on social media, take a selfie with Millie the cat at the Miller Center, visit AccessMU and the Rinella Learning Center, find five instances of braille on campus, find an elevator with horizontal push buttons, listen to an episode of disability visibility, follow the Miller Center on social media.

Campus Accessibility Bingo

Download the Accessibility Bingo Board (PDF; opens in a new window)

Learn more about our campus and the experiences of people with disabilities by playing Campus Accessibility Bingo! Gain an understanding about authentic representations of disability by following, watching, and listening to content created by disabled creators. Discover accessibility features on campus and take time to consider how you move through the world. Be one of the first ten people to bring proof of bingo completion (of all 9 activities) to the Miller Center and receive a Miller Center reusable tote bag!

Sponsored By

Miller Center for Student Disability Services

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Coffee and Conversations

Thursday, November 11, 5 p.m.

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Coffee and Conversations, one of the Students with Disabilities Advisory Counsel's signature initiatives, is a panel-style event designed to allow students with disabilities to share their Miami experience with faculty members. This event strives to establish open lines of communication between students and faculty by encouraging faculty members to ask questions and learn more about the student experience of disability. Faculty who have attended in the past have found Coffee and Conversations to be an eye-opening hour meaningful experience.


Students with Disabilities Advisory Council members

Disability Focused Centers and Degree Programs

AccessMU Center

AccessMU Center

The AccessMU Center works to create a more accessible environment by providing information and services to enhance equal access for students with and without disabilities. Responsibilities include the accessibility review and testing of applications, websites, and documents; accessibility training; and captioning support services.

Learn more about the AccessMU Center.

Review Creating Accessible Content Resources

Explore Accessibility Tools

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Miami University Center for Assistive Technology

 The Miami University Center for Assistive Technology (MU-CAT) is a cross-disciplinary scholarly research center to enable engineering solutions for socially relevant problems for improving quality of life by assisting the lives of older adults and people with disabilities. Housed within the College of Engineering and Computing, MU-CAT is an interdisciplinary center working collaboratively with Scripps Gerontology Center as well as the Center for Social Entrepreneurship in Farmer School of Business.

Learn more about the MU-CAT.

Disability Studies Minor

The disability studies minor offers a broad liberal arts approach to the study of disability, providing students with knowledge of the historical, social, artistic, literary, legal, educational, philosophical, and political framing of disability.

Learn more about the Disability Studies minor.

Additional Disability Centered Resources

Past Events

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Ableds are Weird, Working Towards Disability Representation and Fighting Ableist Microaggressions

Wednesday, October 6, 7 p.m.


Imani Barbarin, Keynote Speaker

Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani often writes and uses her platform to speak from the perspective of a disabled black woman. In the last few years she has created over a dozen trending hashtags that allow disabled folk the opportunity to have their perspectives heard while forcing the world to take notice. #PatientsAreNotFaking, #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow, #AbledsAreWeird and others each provide a window into disabled life while forming community.

Sponsored By: Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Miller Center for Student Disability Services

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Newsletter Accessibility

Wednesday, October 13, 2 p.m.

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Presented By

Laura Fathauer

This session will provide best practices for making your e-newsletters accessible! If e-newsletters didn't have images, they would just be email; this session will include creating text alternatives for images in your e-newsletters. We'll also cover other accessibility considerations for images and text.

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Communication Access and the Power of Transparent Masks

Presented on: Friday, October 15, 12 p.m.


  • Moderated by Dr. Cristina Alcalde, Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Megan Gross, Speech Pathology & Audiology
  • Nora Maltz, Office Of Residence Life
  • Sarah New, Undergraduate Student
  • Emily Sanford, Undergraduate Student
  • Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, Global Initiatives



With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world changed and wearing masks and face coverings became part of our everyday reality. While important for public safety, the use of masks immediately presented communication access barriers for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Not only do masks reduce the volume and quality of speech, they make it impossible for individuals who use facial cues and expressions or lip reading to communicate effectively. Reading a person’s lips and seeing facial expressions are vital for those who rely on visual communication. Benefits of transparent face masks were also felt beyond the disability community.

Watch Recorded Presentation

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Deej: A Film Screening and Discussion

Presented: Thursday, October 21, 5:30 p.m.

Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, society's obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ Savarese share editorial control as they attempt to navigate the challenges of representing autism. Deej, the result of this often difficult partnership, is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ – not by his parents or autism experts or even the camera. At its core, Deej reflects the sort of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.” Learn more by watching the Deej Trailor.

Sponsored By

Miller Center for Student Disability Servicess

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Create an Accessible Document in 5 Easy Steps

Wednesday, October 27, 2 p.m.

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Sean Poley

Best practices for creating an accessible document. We will create a document in Microsoft Word, but the steps will be relevant across other document creation applications.

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IT Services and the AccessMU Center