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Disability Awareness Month: October

Learn more about events and programming at UC San Diego for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, recognized each October.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in the United States and the 2021 theme is "America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion." Each year, UC San Diego hosts events to create awareness and recognize the value of our diverse workforce.

2021 Annual Disability Awareness Month Event Co-Sponsors

Accommodations: To request American Sign Language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations necessary to enable your participation, please contact Disability Counseling and Consulting (DCC) at (858) 534-6744 or via email at at least two weeks in advance of the event.

2021 Disability Awareness Month Events

Virtual Art Exhibit
(October 1-31)

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) invites artists with disabilities to share their artwork with the San Diego community. Artwork of any medium (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) will be accepted for virtual display on the OSD website. Artists may exhibit their work anonymously and may post their work for sale.

Learn more about the Virtual Art Exhibit »

Disability + Creatives Panel Discussion

As part of our programming for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Campus Human Resources is proud to present a panel discussion of Disability + Creatives on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 12 - 1 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with UC Creatives who use the arts and creative forms to increase awareness and share the experience of those living with disabilities.  Our panelists will share their experiences and the role creative outlets have allowed for their growth, acceptance, and advocacy.  

Moderated by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Alysson Satterlund, the discussion will feature:

  • Alejandro Carrera, UC San Diego alum (class of 2020) - Actor and Writer
  • Diane Ngo, UC San Francisco - Artist and Disability Advocate
  • Wendy Tobias, UC San Francisco - Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer at UCSF

Register for the Disability + Creatives panel.

Panelist Bios


Alejandro Carrera

Alejandro Carrera is a 2020 graduate of the UC San Diego Theatre Arts program. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Culture Association Representing Performing Artist (CARPA) in San Diego. As an actor and writer Alejandro focuses on telling Latinx stories of people with disabilities, hoping to increase diversity representation on and off the stage.

Diane Ngo

Diane Ngo is a program manager in the Department of Surgery at UCSF. She is also a past member of the UCSF Committee on Disability Inclusion who is passionate about increasing awareness about the impacts and experiences of living with disabilities. She co-led and participated in two campus-wide campaigns at UCSF that are focused on physical and mental disabilities — Faces of Ability Project–In Their Own Words (2018) and Faces of Ability Part II–Mental Health Resilience (2020). The campaigns work to raise awareness and support of people living with disabilities in the UCSF community by giving staff, faculty and students an opportunity to share their personal experiences. The projects reflect Diane’s belief that one of the best ways to support colleagues with disabilities is by getting to know them as individuals and acknowledging their valuable contributions. Diane gets around using a knee, ankle, and foot orthotic. Her experience of living with a physical disability gives her a deep sense of connection to the people she serves.

Diane is a polio survivor and lives with bipolar disorder.  She is a self-taught artist who discovered her talent late in life and uses proceeds from her artwork to bring awareness to causes closest her heart. They currently include the Challenged Athletes Foundation (headquartered in La Jolla), Foster The City, and Wheels for the World.  More information and her work can be found at her BaoLinh Art Online Gallery.

Wendy Tobias

Wendy Tobias is the inaugural Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer at UCSF.  In her role, she works closely with the community with disabilities and other stakeholders to identify and address barriers, design solutions, build awareness, and overall, make UCSF a desirable employer and destination for persons with disabilities.  Wendy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and holds an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State. She also holds a certification in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a proactive leader and is passionate about ensuring collaboration across organizations to remove the physical, technological, and attitudinal barriers that get in the way of student and employee success.

As a creative, Wendy is a member of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco (LGCSF) and has starred in a number of musicals, including Group Therapy, Into the Woods, and Loving Repeating.  She’s also performed in numerous cabarets, Broadway by the Bay (the Bay Area’s Civic Light Opera),and is a trained ballet dancer. She has a visual disability, which brings challenges for performing and auditioning, and uses her experience to educate others.


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