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Disability Awareness Month: October

Learn more about UC San Diego's annual Disability Awareness Month, recognized each October.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in the United States and the 2019 theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now."  Each year, UC San Diego hosts events to create awareness and recognize the value of our diverse workforce.


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

For parking and shuttle information, call (858) 534-RIDE (7433), email: or see Shuttle Service.

2019 Disability Awareness Month Events

October 1 - October 31


Price Center,
Theatre Foyer

Art Exhibit

View and admire the amazing collection of art created by local artists with disabilities.

Art is available for viewing in the Price Center Theatre Foyer.

Note: UC San Diego's Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) as part of the UC San Diego campus-wide Disability Awareness Month events in October, invites artists with disabilities to share their artwork with UC San Diego and San Diego community.

Tuesday, October 15


Price Center, The Forum, 4th Floor

11:30 a.m.-

1:00 pm

Register Now!



Guest Speaker: Robert Anthony, founder of Limb Possible LLC

Join us for the 2019 Disability Awareness Month presentation featuring Robert Anthony who is a motivational public speaker; a professional medical prosthetic educator; a U.S. amputee soccer player; and an American Ninja Warrior for Season 9.

Robert has appeared on TV shows such as: American Ninja Warrior, Ink Masters, Fosse, 7 Seconds and more!

Come to this talk and hear Robert Anthony, as a father, athlete and a man, weave a story of struggle, perservance, empowerment and triumphs into an amazing performance. His charismatic energy carries through, intertwining his passionate diversity message that, with determination, any circumstance can be surmounted.

Opportunity drawings and light refreshments will be available.

 Thursday, October 24, 2019


Price Center, The Theatre




20th Anniversary Screening of Compensation and Panel Discussion on Black Deaf Representations.

Please join us for a screening of Compensation, which will be followed by a panel discussion including: Filmmaker Zeinabu Irene Davis,  Actress Michelle Banks,  Cinematographer Pierre H. Dèsir and Graphic Novelist Awet Moges.

Compensation is a 1999 independent film co-edited, produced and directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis and written by March Arthur Chéry, about a young African American couple at the beginning and end of the twentieth century. It stars Michelle A. Banks and John Earl Jelks in the leading roles. Inspired by a 1906 poem from early African American writer, Paul Laurence Dunbar, the unique drama explores aspects of Black culture in both turn of the century and 1990s Chicago in two parallel love stories, both about the relationship between a deaf woman and a hearing man. The film’s production began in 1993 and wrapped up in 1999. Compensation has been acclaimed at film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Burkina Faso’s FESPACO, and Toronto International Film Festival and ran on BET-Black Starz, and Sundance cable channels as well As Compensation nears its 20th Anniversary it has garnered deserved renewed attention (See this review in the New Yorker


Featured Panelists:

Prof Zeinabu Irene Davis is an American Filmmaker and Professor of the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, and the first African American female faculty member to reach the final stage of merit and promotion in the UC system. Her works in film include narrative, documentary and experimental film. Davis is the 2019 recipient of the George C. Stoney Award for Outstanding Documentary Work from UFVA (University Film and Video Association). She is the first person of color to win this award.  She also won awards from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and the National Black Programming Consortium for Cycles (1989), an experimental short film. In addition, her works such as, A Period Piece (1991), A Powerful Thang (1991), Mother of a River (1995) and Compensation (1999) "continued to garner her awards from numerous organizations and festivals, including the Gordan Parks Award for Best Director from the Independent Feature Project" ( In 2017, her film "Spirits of Rebellion" was awarded for Best Documentary Feature Film at the San Diego Film Awards.


Michelle Banks is an award-winning actress, writer, director, producer, choreographer, motivational speaker, and teacher. Her television appearances include a YAHOO! Commercial, the ABC’s 10-8, the Showtime Series Soul Food, Girlfriends (UPN), and Lifetime’s Strong Medicine. She is lead actress in Compensation, directed by Zeinabu Davis. She can also be seen in Hilari Scarl’s documentary about the Deaf Entertainers, See What I’m Saying. Michelle credits Jadolphus CW Fraser, an independent filmmaker, for introducing her to filmmaking and co-directing his feature debut, ALWAYS Chasing Love. Michelle was chosen as one of 13 actors for NYC’s 2008 ABC Diversity Talent Showcase. She has appeared in plays such as The C.A. Lyons Project at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.


Pierre H. Désir is a Cinematographer, Filmmaker & Artist, and a retired professor of cinematography and film and video production of Haitian/Italian background. He served as cinematographer on award winning films such Cycles and Compensation by independent filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis, and the documentary Bob Kaufman: When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead by Billy Woodberry. He is an active filmmaker who has made such films as The Gods and the ThiefZoNa; and Satchmo; the Arrival of Gabriel on a Wing and a Half-note, which have screened in festivals and universities nationally and internationally.  Currently, Mr. Désir spends his days writing, painting, sculpting and cutting grass.

Awet Moges dreams of a world full of diverse human beings with complete access to stories of ancient mythologies and futuristic science fiction technology. As a writer-artist with more than 15 years of experience, he has worked in a variety of jobs from manufacturing to video game art. He is active in National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) and other advocacy organizations and has won several awards of recognition (House of Representatives, Cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill and Los Angeles, and the California Assembly Council people of Mayors). He is currently teaching ASL at CSULB. His first book, Pantheon: Heterotopia is the first among its kind: the first graphic novel by a deaf person and by an Eritrean American, and the first of a brand-new genre: panfuturism. You can follow him on Instagram @thanatologist or subscribe to his blog @

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