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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 2022 theme is "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation." Each year, UC San Diego hosts events to create awareness and foster an inclusive work environment. 

Accommodations: To request a reasonable accommodation necessary to enable your participation, please contact Disability Counseling and Consulting (DCC) at (858) 534-6744 or via email at at least one week in advance of the event.

2022 Disability Awareness Month Events

JAN Webcast: "Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization" 
October 13

Attend the next JAN Accommodation and Compliance Series Webcast, "Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization," featuring guest presenter, Ellice Switzer, from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Learn how you can create a disability-inclusive workplace culture and meet diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) goals. 

Register for JAN Webcast: “Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization”

Being Heumann

As part of our programming for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Campus Human Resources was proud to present Being Heumann, a fireside chat with Judy Heumann on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Judy Heumann is one of the most influential disability rights activists in US History and author of Being Heumann.  In advance of the viewing the discussion (below), we encourage you to check out Being Heumann, a story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn’t built for all of us and of one woman’s activism—from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington—Being Heumann recounts Judy's  lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society.

Paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy’s struggle for equality began early in life. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people.

As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in San Francisco as a leader of the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a governmental building in US history. Working with a community of over 150 disabled activists and allies, Judy successfully pressured the Carter administration to implement protections for disabled peoples’ rights, sparking a national movement and leading to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Candid, intimate, and irreverent, Judy Heumann’s memoir about resistance to exclusion invites readers to imagine and make real a world in which we all belong.

Superfest Disability Film Festival (Virtual) 
October 20-23

Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since it first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970 it has become an eagerly anticipated international event—hosted by Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that prioritizes access for disabled filmgoers of all kinds.

Visit Superfest Disability Film Festival to obtain your pass for the virtual festival, October 20-23 


For more information, contact DisAbility Counseling and Consulting: (858) 534-6744 or
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