Today: Apr 23, 2024

CASAS celebrated Disability Awareness Month

Brandon Cortés- News Writer

In honor of Disability Awareness Month, the Center for Academic Sources and Accessibility Services, CASAS, organized a vibrant and informative tabling event at the Engleman Rotunda, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The event aimed to shed light on the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and to promote inclusivity within the campus community. Spearheading this initiative was Dexter D. Rodriguez, an accessibility service specialist at CASAS, who dedicated his efforts to raising awareness and fostering a more accessible environment for all. 

A poster board showing support for those with disabilities. Photo: Kaylee Blake

The Engleman Rotunda buzzed with activity as students, faculty and staff gathered to engage with the various displays and resources offered by CASAS. From informative pamphlets to interactive demonstrations, the tabling event provided valuable insights into the experiences of individuals living with disabilities.  

One of the focal points of the event was to debunk common misconceptions surrounding disabilities. Rodriguez, a passionate advocate for accessibility, emphasized the importance of understanding and empathy in creating a more inclusive society. 

“Disability does not define a person’s capabilities,” Rodriguez said. “It is our collective responsibility to dismantle barriers and create opportunities for everyone to thrive.” 

Throughout the day, attendees engaged in discussions about the challenges individuals with disabilities face when seeking employment opportunities. They explored how factors such as accessibility barriers and societal misconceptions can hinder the job search process for people with disabilities.  

The tabling event also served as a platform for meaningful conversations about accessibility and inclusion. Students shared their experiences and perspectives, fostering a greater understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. 

A poster board displaying successful Black Deaf Americans. Photo: Kaylee Blake

The tabling event organized by CASAS not only raised awareness about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities but also underscored the university’s commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and accessibility.  

As the community reflects on the insights gained from this event, it is evident that by embracing diversity and championing accessibility we can create a more equitable society for everyone. 

This annual event occurs during Disability Awareness Month, serving as a pivotal moment for students to engage with initiatives aimed at fostering understanding and support for individuals with disabilities.  

As a cornerstone of CASAS’s commitment to inclusivity, this event offers students a platform to explore the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and learn about available resources. 

Throughout Disability Awareness Month, students can anticipate a series of diverse events organized by CASAS, each offering unique opportunities for education, discussion and advocacy. These events are designed to cater to various interests and preferences, ensuring that students have multiple avenues to engage with the important issues surrounding disability awareness. 

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