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2014 Diversability Schedule of Events


Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs
and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions
about the physical access provided, please contact the Office for Disability Services at
814-863-1807 in advance of your participation or visit.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Syllabi Workshop
When:
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time:
1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
Where:
Adobe Connect Webinar
Description: The Syllabi Workshop was developed out of the Penn State World Campus due to requests from World Campus students with disabilities. The Syllabi Workshop helps students with memory loss, short attention spans, and learning disabilities organize multiple syllabi throughout the course of the semester. Using popular technology, the Syllabi Workshop can help a student stay on task.

To join the meeting:
https://meeting.psu.edu/r84313eo6b8/

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) in College
When: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Where: 129 HUB

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Exercise is Medicine for ALL Disabilities
When: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Where: Patio in front of the Palmer Museum of Art
Description: Kinesiology students and faculty will sponsor the second annual “Exercise is Medicine” week at Penn State, a campus-wide initiative promoting the health benefits of physical activity. Activities will include outdoor exercise stations at high visibility sites, exerc ise competitions, prize drawings, fitness testing, and other physically active/educational activities targeting University Park students. Last year, we handed out more than 1,500 free pedometers, thousands of exercise tips/health information brochures, and collected questionnaires from more than 850 students who participated in the week’s events. This year, we would like to invite University-affiliated groups/clubs representing persons with physical challenges to participate alongside other Penn State students at one of our outdoor exercise stations to promote Exercise as Medicine for ALL abilities. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Center for Independent Living
When: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. 
Where: Foster Auditorium
Description: The Mission of the Center for Independent Living of South Central, PA is to empower people with disabilities to lead independent lives in their communities. For this event, an arrange of people with different disabilities are invited from the center to discussion and share their experiences living with disability.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Everyday Accessibility: How to Create Accessible Content as an Instructor
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:  Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where: via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect
Description: Can an instructor create more accessible content without a personal accessibility assistant? In many cases, yes. In this webinar, Elizabeth Pyatt will show how she approaches accessibility for video clips, maps, charts, foreign language content, and technical symbols in her face-to-face course.

Objectives

  • Understand needs of multiple audiences requiring accommodations
  • See how ALT text for images can be written and implemented
  • View an example of an accessible table
  • Develop strategies for capturing video transcript
  • Understand how to develop alternatives for complex graphics
  • Learn how to understand issues specific to your discipline
     

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When: 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: 
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Meeting Your Staffing Needs through a Win-Win Partnership
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Where: 233 HUB
Description: University departments continually seek ways to provide quality services while being fiscally responsible. Penn State’s Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) Program can help you find qualified applicants with disabilities who can meet your staffing needs. Departments that hire a qualified applicant with a disability may be eligible to receive partial salary support for the new employee’s wages for a period of time. Learn about the ONE program and hear from hiring managers who have hired qualified individuals with disabilities.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: 
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Geri Jewell
When:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time:
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
Foster Auditorium
Description: 
Ms. Jewell was the first person, with a visible disability, cerebral palsy to become a regular performer on a national, prime-time television show, The Facts of Life. During her run on the show she broke barriers by addressing issues of disability awareness. She has also has written her autobiography, I’m Walking As Straight As I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond. The book’s title — I’m Walking As Straight As I Can — has a double meaning, referring to both Jewell’s sexuality, she is a lesbian, and her extraordinary struggle growing up with cerebral palsy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hearing Loss and ASL
When: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: 127 Moore Building
Description: There will be a panel of individuals who will speak of their experiences with hearing loss.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Accessibility in Word and PowerPoint 2013
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: Noon  to 1:00 p.m.
Where: via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Michael Chorost Speaks
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 3:00  to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Foster Auditorium
Description: 
Michael Chorost is an engaging, smart speaker with a science background and has cochlear implants. His first book, Rebuilt, is about how mastering his new ear, a cochlear implant, enabled him to enhance his creative potential as a human being. His second book, World Wide Mind, proposes that humanity can incorporate the computer into its collective soul in a way that enhances communities and creative work instead of diminishing them. He routinely speaks about how technologies not only benefit us all--with or without disabilities--but also redefines what it means to be human.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Educational Gaming Brown Bag: Can Games and Accessibility Play on the Same Team?
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: Noon  to 1:00 p.m.
Where: via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hearing Loss and Deaf - "ASL Presentation and Demonstration by Alfred Corrado, ARD"
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 5:30  to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Foster Auditorium
Description:
Mr. Corrado is an ASL Transliterature Instructor with special interest in Haiku, visual language writing/drawing, storytelling, poems, and song. Topics to be discussed during this presentation include:

  • American Sign Language and Native American Sign Language
  • Bi-Language; Visual and Spoken language
  • History of ASL and Gesture
  • Abuse and torture parallel to Deaf and GLBT community
  • Native ASL beautiful in Song, Poem and Haiku
  • Visual writing and drawing for ASL
  • Song beats with hands

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: 
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Opportunity Center Clubhouse
When: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time:
12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Where:
206 Wagner
Description: Mental illness is commonly overlooked and often misunderstood.  Many people live with it silently each day fearing stigma and failure. Especially in college, people may be uncomfortable seeking supports or may even believe they cannot continue if they receive a mental health diagnosis.  Many people in society believe that a mental illness is a sentence to inferiority or isolation and would rather overlook the issue.  This panel will showcase successful individuals from from Opportunity Centre Clubhouse, an evidence based mental health program in our community to show you the long-term perspective of recovery and mental illness. You will be able to ask questions of people who have “been there” and most importantly leave with renewed hope and a fresh perspective that you can “live” with a mental illness!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coffee Chat for Veterans
When: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time:
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Where:
217 Grange

Monday, October 27, 2014

After Action - The Affect of War Trauma on Veterans
When: Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Freeman Auditorium (HUB)

Author and Penn State Navy ROTC alum Dan Sheehan served as a Marine helicopter gunship pilot during OIF/OEF. His book, After Action, details his experiences as a pilot during this time as well as his emotional/ethical struggles with the trauma of war.

Objectives:

  • To enlighten our faculty/staff and students regarding the experiences of combat veterans and the affects of PTSD
  • To provide faculty/staff with ideas for best practices with veterans students.

Iraq war veteran and author, Dan Sheehan, will be giving a presentation on the human costs of war--from a combat veteran's standpoint. He served two tours in Iraq, the first as an AH-1W helicopter gunship pilot during the 2003 invasion and the second as a forward air controller for Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Detachment One in 2004.

Although his training prepared him for every physical challenge of combat, it wasn't until he came home that he realized how unprepared he was for its associated emotional and moral challenges.  The actions he took in combat changed him but it would be years before he understood how.  He captured the essence of his combat experiences, and how they impacted him, in his award-winning first book, After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot's Journey.

Dan Sheehan will be presenting in the HUB "Freeman Auditorium" on Monday, 27 October, 2014 from 1:00-2:30pm.  Using combat footage filmed from his own helicopter, Dan will describe his experiences in combat and the process he went through to comprehend them afterward.  He will also present material from his upcoming second book aimed at assisting veterans to understand, accept, and overcome the challenges of coming home from combat.
 
Dan will have limited copies of After Action for sale and will remain to sign copies and answer questions afterwards.

Learn more about Dan and his experiences at www.dansheehanauthor.com, on Twitter at @dansheehan_dan, or on Facebook at After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot's Journey."


Monday, October 27, 2014

Autism Panel
When: Friday, October 24, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 127 Moore Building

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Accessibility and MathML: Leveraging LaTeX, MathJax and Equation Editors to Build Accessible Equations
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: Noon  to 1:00 p.m.
Where: via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Accessibility Clinic: Interpreting Accessibility Test Reports and Methods of Manual Testing
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When: 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: 
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Awareness Challenge
When:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time:
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Where:
HUB - 129 A,B,C
Description: Students in a Rehabilitation and Human Services Course developed “Awareness Challenges” to raise awareness for some specific types of disability (eg. Cerebral Palsy, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Seizure Disorder). The idea of the Awareness Challenge is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge that helped spread awareness of ALS. This event is open to the public. Participants will have a chance to learn about different disabilities and the experiences of people with disabilities through a variety of experiential activities. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Going Blind: A documentary
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Outreach Building Lobby
Description: Come join us for an afternoon of accessibility. You will be able to see firsthand the assistive technology used by individuals with vision impairment. Demonstrations will be done by Terry Watson (Kurzweil), Mike Brooks (Screen Magnification), and Michelle Mcmanus (Screen Readers).

After the demonstration, we will view the documentary “Going Blind” followed by a short discussion. For more information on “Going Blind” please visit http://goingblindmovie.com/  

Pizza and drinks will be served.


For more information contact the Office for Disability Services
116 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-1807 | Fax: 814-863-3217