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Disability Awareness Week 2018

Monday, October 22nd                  Noon-1 pm                   3380 WSC (Little Theater)

The Role of Sign Language Interpreters on Campus

Jason Burr, BYU Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coordinator in the University Accessibility Center

An image of the speaker Jason Burr

Sign language interpreters are used all over campus and for all sorts of BYU classes and events.  Who are they, and what, exactly, do they do?  Jason Burr will explain the role and purpose of American Sign Language interpreters at BYU.  He will describe a variety of circumstances for which interpreters are frequently used and how communication is handled for them.  He will present in spoken English, and the workshop will be interpreted into ASL for those in need or intrigued.

Tuesday, October 23rd               Noon-1:00 pm                WSC Terrace

Disability Awareness and Etiquette Panel

Moderator: Hunter Searle, President, Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

A sign advertising the Disability Etiquette event

When interacting with a person with a disability, it is important to be mindful of how best to do so, depending on his or her disability.  Some of us might be uncomfortable talking with people with disabilities.  One reason is that we may feel sorry for them and assume that they might be bitter about their disability and wish they didn’t have one.  This is untrue in many cases.  Lots of people with disabilities feel that their lives are enriched by their experience with disability, and if given the chance to erase their disability, they would not.  Come listen to a panel of BYU students with diverse disabilities share their experience of living with a disability.   Challenge negative stereotypes and learn etiquette tips that will help you in your relationship with a person with a disability.  Please bring questions for the panel.  

Wednesday, October 24th                   

                                              11:00-11:45 am                 BYU Planetarium (C 456 ESC)

Stars of the PharaohsFree Show with ASL

An image of the Stars of the Pharaohs event

Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You'll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. You'll see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendor.  The film will be shown with an ASL interpretation.  Please be on time, no late entries will be allowed.



Wonder                                6:00 p.m.           Varsity Theatre

An image of the movie Wonder that is being shown

Free movie and treats!  Come and enjoy Wonder, the story of a boy born with facial differences, complete with audio descriptive narrative for individuals who are vision impaired and captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing. 





Thursday, October 25th                      11 am - Noon                 3380 WSC (Little Theater)

Don't Let Depression Get You Down! 

Jon Cox, BYU Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist in CAPS

An image of the speaker Jon Cox

College is tough. A nationwide survey in 2009 indicated that around 43% of college students felt so depressed within the previous year that they couldn’t function, and 35% of college students were taking medication for depression.  That means that either you or someone you are close to probably has experienced symptoms of depression in the past year. Come learn some things that can help you or those around you cope more effectively with symptoms of depression so that you can do what you really want to do in college: learn and have fun!

Friday, October 26th                      11 am - Noon                 RB Pool and gym 156

Kids playing during pool activity

Y-Serve Adaptive Aquatics/Gym Kids―Service Project

2 kids playing in pool

Hop in the pool or play around in the gym with children with special needs from local elementary schools to help them develop their cognitive, motor, and social skills. Help them increase their creativity and develop autonomy by doing what they want to do. Join us especially on the 26th, but you are also welcome to join us weekly.

Y-Serve BYU Experience—Service Project

People posing for Y-Serve Activity        6:00-9:00 pm                 WSC Ballroom

The BYU Experience is a program that invites college-age or older individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities to come to campus for a night of “college experience.” Many individuals do not have the opportunity to come to college, so we provide a night where they can hang out and make friends with BYU students. There will be dessert, dancing, and karaoke. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged. 

THERE IS A LARGE NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR BOTH SERVICE PROJECTS!!! Sign up at the Y-Serve Office or there will be a sign up sheet at the Disability Awareness Week booth all week.