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Ability Awareness Week

Ability Awareness Week, October 25 - 29, 2021, Cal State LA Office for Students with Disabilities

Ability Awareness Week provides participants with an awareness of the limitations faced by people with disabilities through engaging and informative programs that acknowledge their abilities and strengths, helping to reduce stigma.


Monday, October 25, 2021

Lunch & Trivia with OSD

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Join: Lunch & Trivia

Get to know the OSD team over lunch and a game of trivia. Share your experiences using accommodations and ask about support services. Test your knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability accommodations for a chance to win prizes.

Accessible Group Builders

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Join: Group Builders I

Play and participate in inclusive and accessible games, group builders and activities while learning how to modify and customize them to include everyone. Understand barriers to accessibility and how you can advocate for everyone. Learn different methods to identify and address accessibility issues through a few fun team-building exercises.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

NeuroTalent Works

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join: NeuroTalent Works

Join us to learn about the autism spectrum and self-advocacy with NeuroTalent Works. Hear Cal State LA students share their experiences and their perspectives on allyship.

Musical Performance by Tomasz Nowinski

TIME: 4 – 5 p.m.
Join: Tomasz Nowinski

Join us for a performance by Tomasz Nowinski, a Cal State LA alum who will share about his journey at Cal State LA and his love of music. Tomasz will perform a variety of genres.


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Student Panel WorkAbilityIV

12 – 1 p.m.
Join: Student Panel

Students with experience working and searching for jobs will share their successes and how they navigated disability-related challenges.

A Day in the Life by Beatriz Gutierrez

3 – 4 p.m.
Join: A Day in the Life

Join us for a conversation with Beatriz Gutierrez, a Cal State LA student who will share about her daily life as an individual with a visual impairment. She will also present a YouTube video about the daily tasks in her life.


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Accessible Group Builders

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join: Group Builders II

Play and participate in inclusive and accessible games, group builders and activities while learning how to modify and customize them to include everyone. Understand barriers to accessibility and how you can advocate for everyone. Learn different methods to identify and address accessibility issues through fun team-building exercises.

Presentation by Professor Jan Wong

2 – 3 p.m.
Join: Professor Jan Wong

Jan Wong, an American Sign Language (ASL) instructor at Cal State LA, will share his experience as a deaf person in the community, education and employment. Professor Wong will also share a few basic ASL signs. Come learn with us!

H.E.A.R.T.

4 – 5 p.m.
Join: H.E.A.R.T.

How can you best assist a person with a wheelchair down several flights of stairs when they do not have access to an elevator? What is the best way to assist a person with a visual impairment, or who may be deaf or hard of hearing, during an emergency evacuation?

Join us for a special presentation by Roy Payan, Brandon Garcia, Brian Castro, and J. Mendez, a group of students from the rehabilitation services program. Together, they will provide guests with invaluable information on emergency evacuation best practices when assisting individuals with disabilities. We promise you will learn something new, and we look forward to you joining us.


Friday, October 29, 2021

OSD Virtual 2K

1 – 2 p.m.
Join OSD Virtual 2k

Join us as we wrap up Ability Awareness Week with a compilation reel featuring the videos and photos submitted by people who participated in the OSD Virtual 2K.

Project Rebound presents Disability Panel

3 – 4 p.m.
Join: Project Rebound Panel

Join Project Rebound scholars for a talk about the ups and downs of being formerly incarcerated college students and having a disability. Gain Valuable insights to how scholars overcome challenges and succeed to achieve their goals and dreams.