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disAbility Awareness Month

Kent State University's Student Accessibility Services (SAS) invites faculty, staff, students and other members of the community to celebrate disability Awareness Month this October in an effort to highlight the wide-ranging abilities of people who may otherwise be considered "disabled." The word disability is intentionally spelled with a lowercase d and a capital letter A  to emphasize ability.

The featured event, Handicap This! takes the stage on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:30 pm in the Ballroom of the Kent State Student Center. Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach are Handicap This! The performance features Mike, founding member of Handicap This!, inspirational leader of the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, and aspiring film-maker and novelist, who was born with cerebral palsy. Tim, is a founding member, lead actor and production manager of Handicap This! and president of the Keep On Keeping On Foundation. These inspiring friends educate, inspire, combat ignorance, break down barriers and wake up attitudes! Over 20,000 people have witnessed this amazing true story. They have been hired by high schools, colleges, universities and corporations to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront. In this 78 minute journey, you will experience an entertain message of possibilities. Register for your free admission today at KSUdisAbility.

  • 10.10 & 10.15 Dogs on Campus 12:00-1:00 pm will be located on the first floor lobby in the Kent State Student Center. Dogs on Campus will give students an opportunity to relieve stress while working with certified therapy dogs. The program was developed by Kathy Adamle, PH.D., faculty member in Kent State's College of Nursing. Also on 10.10, National Depression Screening Day is being held on the second floor in the Kent State Student Center from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

  • 10.16 Handicap This! KSC Ballroom 7:30 pm Register for free at KSUdisAbility. (ASL Interpreters provided)

  • 10.23 Access Denied: The Intersection of Disability & Sexuality KSC Room 310 A at 5:00 pmNOTE: ROOM LOCATION was changed. Attend the panel discussion sponsored in conjunction with the LGBTQCenter's Queering History Series. This event promises to offer open dialogue about subjects that are all too often taboo. For more information, contact Roxie Patton, program coordinator of the LGBTQ Student Center. (ASL Interpreters provided)

  • 10.26.13KSU Football Tailgate & Game Dix Stadium 2:30 pm. Head over to Dix Stadium and watch the KSU football game vs. University of Buffalo. The KSU Athletics and the disability Awareness Committee are teaming up to welcome community guests and students registered with SAS to tailgate beginning at 2:30; game starts at 3:30 pm. Students and guests are invited to help create a tunnel on the field for the KSU Football team and interact with members of the Kent State University Athletic Department. Community guests and SAS registered students must RSVP to by October 18th for reserved tickets and a coupon for 2 free pieces of pizza.

  • PostSecret Campaign, Residence Hall Bulletin Board Competitions are ongoing events this October. Write your disability secret in any of the PostSecret box locations found at SAS, UHS, Athletics office, and Residence Halls. Residence Hall contest winners will be announced at Handicap This! & Access Denied. 

Thank you to the following offices who helped make this year's disAbility Awareness Month possible: the division of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, University Health Services, the division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Center for Student Involvement, Intercollegiate Athletics, Residence Services, and the Office of Health Promotion/Active Minds.

Should you have any questions, please contact Shannon Cowling, Chair, disAbility Awareness Month planning committee at or 330-672-3611.  For campus accessibility questions, contact Jackie Gee at (330) 672-8667 or Click here for campus parking and directions. We look forward to seeing you at this year's disAbility Awareness Month event!


"One's real or perceived disability pales in comparison to one's innate ability, motivation, passion, conviction, and perseverance." Unknown  

Thank you to our 2013 dAM Committee Members:

Sharon Briggs, Office of Health Promotion
Leah Carothers, Residence Services
Shannon Cowling, SAS
Jackie Gee, SAS
Amy Densevich, Athletics
Julie DiBiasio, SAS
Katie Goldring, CSI
Amy Hoelzle, Alumni
Kyra Kenrick, Athletics
Olivia Krise, SAS
Roxie Patton, LGBTQ Center
Linnea Stafford, RPIE
Leah Subak, SAS
Amy Quillin, SAS

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