Disability and Access Forum

Disability Forum


Join the GTFF, UA, and SEIU, along with  the UO Teaching Effectiveness Program, the UO Bias Response Team, and the Accessible Education Center on May 6th for a day of raising awareness about disability on the University of Oregon campus. The forum will center around the proper way to accommodate disabled students, and how to increase understanding of the need for these accommodations within the UO community.


Disability Forum Workshops and Panels: 

Accommodations in the Workplace: 2:00-2:50, Straub 252. Join Heather Quarles (United Academics), Eleanor Wakefield (Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation), John Ahlen (Service Employees International Union) and Martin Stanberry (Affirmative Action) for a discussion about accommodation in the workplace for union and non-union-affiliated staff, faculty, and graduate employees. How does the accommodations process work? How can you help a fellow employee with getting an accommodation?

Disability on Campus Forum Introduction: Persons, Places, and Resources: 3:30-4:00, Straub 145. Meet the different members of our campus community who will be presenting workshops, and who help improve access and education for disabled students, faculty, and staff at the University of Oregon.

Mental Health and Disability: 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00, Straub 253. Kerrie Wilkens (Counseling and Testing Center) will discuss mental health resources on campus, the complicated interplay between mental health and disability, and how to help yourself and others.

Bias 101: 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00, Straub 145. The Bias Response Team will present a short discussion of disability and bias: how to recognize it, how to avoid it, and how the Bias Response Team can help.

Universal Course Design: 4:00-5:00, Straub 252. Lee Rumbarger (Teaching Effectiveness Program) and Tyan Taubner (Accessible Education Center) will help you to make your course universally approachable, helping you design a truly supportive and diverse classroom environment.

Service Animals: 5:00-5:30, Straub 253. Heidi von Ravensberg will discuss the growing trend of bringing “service animals” to campus and who is actually protected under the law. She has over 34 years of experience being partnered with five guide dogs (www.guidedogs.com). She teaches the Disability Rights Law Seminar at the UO School of Law. She coordinates the UO Disability Studies Initiative (http://studydisability.uoregon.edu) and she can be reached at hvr@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3600.

Academic Accommodation Basics: 5:00-6:00, Straub 252. Hilary Gerdes of the Accessible Education Center will discuss disabilities and academic programs: what is an academic accommodation, how can you get one or help someone with one, and how can the AEC help you?

Life Worth Living: Fighting for Disability Rights (a film by Eric Neudel): 6:30-8:00, Straub 145. As a capstone to the forum, join us for a movie night on the disability rights movement. This film is provided courtesy of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and a discussion following the film will be facilitated by Nancy Resnick, Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Oregon.


Download the schedule in PDF format here: Workshop Schedule (matrix format)

Download the schedule as a read only doc here: Workshop Descriptions (read only)

Get a PDF copy of the panel and workshop descriptions here:  Workshop Descriptions

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