Belonging at Yale - Focus on Disability Awareness Month

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In October, Yale observes Disability Awareness Month (nationally celebrated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month) in recognition of our individual differences, including differences in ability. Engage with this month’s offerings and visit DAY Affinity Group’s disability facts page for more information about disabilities. 

Community members may celebrate other cultural and religious observances in October (including Latinx Heritage Month). Have we missed something?  Please let us know.

Engagement Opportunities:

Books and Library Resources

 Yale University Library. Yale University Library

Yale University Library: Yale University Library has an extensive collection of books, electronic resources, and special collection manuscripts related to the disability community:

Courses and Resources

Accessibility at Yale
This website serves as a central landing page to access related resources at Yale, including information on how to report a disability-related accessibility barrier.

Accessibility Services at the Yale Repertory Theatre 
The Yale Rep aims to offer all patrons the most comprehensive accessibility services for their performances. Learn more about their offerings on their website.

Become a Disability A.L.L.Y.
Learn how to effectively support people with disabilities in our community and navigate through the resources on inclusion from the CDC.

DAY Disability Facts
Learn more about the prevalence and breadth of the disability community in the United States with facts compiled by the DiversAbility at Yale affinity group.

Disability Social History Project 
The Disability Social History Project documents and celebrates the history of the disability community, encouraging participation by the community to highlight disabled heroes, important events in history, and resources.
(picture depicts George Bush signing the ADA in 1990, from the library collections of the disability history museum).
Image from George Bush Presidential Library. George Bush Presidential Library

The Disability Visibility Project 
The Disability Visibility Project is an online community that champions disability culture and history.

It’s Our Story 
It’s Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history public and accessible, sharing over 1300 video interviews with disability leaders across the country since 2005.

Usability and Web Accessibility
This webpage hosts links to the university’s web accessibility policies and best practices for university websites.

LinkedIn Learning
Explore free courses on LinkedIn Learning, including courses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


DAY Monthly Meeting, Online, October 6, 12-1 pm
Join the DiversAbility at Yale (DAY) affinity group’s October monthly meeting to hear about what has been happening with DAY and learn more about how to get involved and contribute ideas.

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Special Accessible Performances, Yale Repertory Theatre, October 22 and 29
Visit the Yale Repertory Theatre for an ASL and Audio Description performance on October 22 and an Open Caption performance on October 29 of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?, a dark comedy examining the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple.

Teaching the History of Disability and Building Inclusive Learning Communities, Virtual Event on October 25, 7-8 pm
Join us for an educator panel to learn about teaching the history of disability and creating the processes and practices essential to building inclusive communities. This panel is part of a series of events connected with Facing History and Ourselves’ Partner Schools Network and our All Community Read of Judith Heumann’s memoir, Being Heumann and its companion young adult adaptation, Rolling Warrior.

Conversations that Build Self-esteem for your Child with Autism or ADHD, Webinar on October 25, noon
We want our children to live healthy, happy lives with strong connections and a positive sense of self. Conversation is a pathway to developing and sustaining a healthy, trusting relationship with your child and for having a positive impact on how they see themselves.

How Every ERG Can Better Support Their Members’ Visible - and Invisible - Disabilities, Virtual Session on October 26
Michelle Bogan, Founder & CEO of Equity At Work discussES what’s included in the spectrum of different abilities and disabilities, the impact of intersectionality on these ERG members, and how to create safe spaces for ERG members to discuss their support or accomodation needs.

Parenting While Rising to Child Developmental Challenges, Virtual Sessions from September through December 2022
This free, six-episode virtual conversation series offers a warm and inviting opportunity to connect with other parents and families of children with differences in or challenges to their development. Through a series of conversations with parents of children with developmental differences, challenges, or disabilities, we will explore the unique and common experiences of loving and raising children whose developmental process and journey is delayed or atypical. 


Code of the Freaks
Code of the Freaks is a documentary that examines the representation of disabled characters in Hollywood.

Musical Matters: Deaf and Disabled Artists on Inclusivity
This documentary discusses the Deaf West’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening and the actors’ thoughts on the importance of seeing themselves represented in theater.

Who Am I To Stop It
Who Am I To Stop It showcases the global movement of disability arts and documents the lives of three artists after brain injury.

My Story (Stories about Belonging)

Belonging at Yale – My Story
Each member of our community—Yale students, faculty, staff, and alumni—has a story to tell, one more fascinating than the next. All community members, including community members who identify as disabled, are invited to tell their stories by reflecting on a time when they did or did not feel like they belonged, either at Yale or in the world. Submissions are in and our editorial team has selected the stories that are online and applied some light editing when needed. We have posted the stories in a “story map” as a way of promoting understanding and creating a community of belonging at Yale. Please explore the story map and add your narrative to this new digital library.

Organizations, Offices, and Centers of Engagement

Disability Empowerment for Yale (DEFY)
Learn more about Yale’s only undergraduate advocacy and affinity organization for students with disabilities, DEFY and review the Disability @ Yale Survival Guide

Diversability at Yale (DAY)
DAY is an affinity group for postdocs, staff, and faculty that are impacted by disability and aims to engage the community through education and advocacy.

Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility (OIEA)
OIEA coordinates the university’s accommodations program for faculty and staff members with documented disabilities as well as handling all discrimination, harassment, and retaliation concerns of students, faculty, and staff.

Student Accessibility Services at Yale
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with all Yale students, including those in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and all Professional Schools to provide appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities.

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