Ability Awareness Week

Geometric figures form the shape of a person. Ability Awareness Week: Happy 30th ADA!, October 26 – October 30, 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. This year we are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Note: For those of you who need extra points for additional class activities, check us out in the U-SU calendar under the following themes: community building & celebration, holistic health & wellness and social identity exploration.


Monday, October 26

Lunch & Trivia with OSD
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Trivia Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 973 0659 1921

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.


Tuesday, October 27

Physical Distancing Does Not Mean Social Isolation
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Physical Distancing Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 996 8129 9267
Passcode: AAW2020

How do you and your friends or loved ones connect while physical distancing? Come and enjoy a discussion on how to turn physical distancing into social engagement. Share your experiences and tips with others.   

Student Panel: Thanks to the ADA: Access, Inclusion and Employment
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Student Panel Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 978 1550 8797

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


Wednesday, October 28

Bee’s Kitchen: Cooking in the Dark
3 – 4 p.m.
Bee's Kitchen Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 857 2909 9049

Meet Beatriz Gutierrez, a Cal State LA student with a visual impairment, a love of cooking and a YouTube channel. She increased her self-confidence and stayed positive while navigating her kitchen with her own recipes. Ms. Gutierrez will show clips from her channel and engage in a short discussion.


Thursday, October 29

Nina G: “Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen”
5 – 6 p.m.
Nina G Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 852 2554 5217
Passcode: 5X6yWg

Do people constantly finish your sentences? Ask if you’ve forgotten your own name? Nina G. will share her personal experiences as a stuttering woman in a non-stuttering world and how she went from 20 years of hiding her voice to performing on stage.

Pre-register and complete a survey after the event for a chance to win one of 10, signed hard copies of Nina G.'s book, "Stutter Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen."

OSD student participants who pre-register and complete a survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of 10, e-text versions of Nina G.'s book.


Friday, October 30

Amanda McDonough “Ready to Be Heard”
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Amanda McDonough Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 935 0507 5682
Passcode: AAW2020

“Ready to Be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice” is the story of Amanda McDonough, who taught herself to speak again, lip-read, and sign after becoming deaf. She writes about how she discovered a new culture, language and managed to finish college.

Participants who complete a survey will receive a free hard or electronic copy of Amanda's book, "Ready to Be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice."

OSD Virtual 2K — Happy 30th ADA!
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Virtual 2K Video Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 933 4588 6808
Passcode: 021226

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 Virtual 2K, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sign up for the OSD Virtual 2K.