Accessibility in Aggieland
The purpose of this series is to promote proactive accessibility and educate the campus community about many different places that accessibility is important.
The webinars will all be held via zoom and each requires a separate registration. The first webinar will be held on the anniversary of the signing of the ADA and the remaining Fall webinars are scheduled to be every third Wednesday from August-November from 1:30-3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please review the sessions below and register for one or all that are of interest to you. The webinars are free and will be recorded as well as stored on the Center on Disability and Development website.
Fall 2021 Accessibility in Aggieland
Monday, July 26th at 1:30 p.m.: ADA 31st Celebration and Accessibility 101 Webinar
Speakers: Dr. Kristie Orr (Disability Resources) and Dr. Meagan Orsag (Center on Disability and Development)
Webinar Description: What is accessibility and why is it important? On this day we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George H.W. Bush. This landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. This presentation will explore what accessibility looks like on the Texas A&M campus and how you can help provide an equitable experience for disabled individuals on our campus.
Wednesday, August 18: ADA in the Workplace: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Overview
Speaker: Andrew Barna Jr. (Division of Human Resources and Organizational Development)
Webinar Description: Attendees will learn what is the law, how to define disability, how to work with human resources on a reasonable accommodation, the process of providing accommodations, confidentiality as an employee, and who to contact for help in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Wednesday, September 15th: Postsecondary Education Programs at Texas A&M University: Come Learn more about our inclusive programs for adults with disabilities
Speakers: Tracy Glass (PATHS Program), Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge (HOPS and WACO), and Dr. Carly Gilson (Aggie ACHIEVE)
Webinar Description: Postsecondary education (PSE) opportunities for Texans, and specifically Aggies, have grown significantly over the past few years. Come learn about the PSE programs housed right here on the Texas A&M campus and discover the spectrum of support offered by each program. Bring your questions as you spend 1.5 hours with our program directors and coordinators.
Wednesday, October, 20th: Disaster and Disability: How disasters unveil a host of inequities and what we, as an Aggie community, can do about it.
Speaker: Dr. Laura Stough (Faculty, TLAC, Center on Disability and Development)
Description: A pandemic, devastating wildfires and hurricanes, and global social unrest combined in 2020 to create a perfect storm, one that still rages a year later, and has brought to light the consequences of social inequity. Together, these flashpoints unveiled a host of inequalities. These inequities – and others among the various underserved populations of the world – demand a robust and coordinated response. People with disabilities and disability organizations need to take on the issues of disasters and emergencies and incorporate them into our practices and organizations. We need to lead through action with respect to preparedness and response. We must also form permanent, substantive partnerships with local law enforcement and disaster response teams, and continue to develop augmentative communication technology and plain-language communication. We cannot wait for legal actions and emergency management to come to our rescue. We need to rescue ourselves, our family members, and our organizations.
Wednesday, November 17th Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Speaker: Peggy Zapalac (Office of Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance) and Julie Kuder (Office of Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance)
Webinar Description: There are more animals on college campuses than ever before. Do you know the difference between an emotional support animal and a service animal? What kinds of animals are allowed on campus and how can you know if an animal is allowed? Staff from the ADA Coordinator’s office will answer these questions and more.