Each year, Ferris State University’s Liaison Committee for Students with Disabilities (LCSD) coordinates events in observance of Disability Awareness Month. The annual celebration aims to celebrate our students, staff, faculty and community members with disabilities as well as to educate the public about the importance of inclusion.
Here is the lineup of events for Disability Awareness Month 2018. All of these events (apart from the 5K event, which requires a registration fee) are free and open to the public. Please attend, share and promote these events whenever possible!
Theater Delta Interactive Performance – 5 Star Event
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
University Center 202
This free event will explore the topics of depression and suicidal ideation in an interactive format, allowing attendees to understand how to have challenging conversations and be an active ally. This event is open to the public, but mature audiences are recommended due to the sensitive nature of topics being discussed.
Film Screening – “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”
Monday, October 15, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.
University Center – 202C
Director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Milk) brings to life the big screen story of John Callahan, a paralyzed alcoholic who finds passion for drawing off-color newspaper cartoons. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jack Black, Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill. This is a free event open to the public.
A Forum for (Enrollment) Change
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
University Center – 202C
While “declining enrollment” is be a hot topic on campuses across the nation there is a student population which desperately wants to be targeted and recruited – but continues to be largely ignored. This forum will focus on the need to begin actively recruiting students with disabilities on campus – and will include a keynote address by Liz Plachta, the CEO/Co-Founder of Ruby’s Rainbow, a non-profit that has provided over $643,000 worth of sponsorships to 224 adult students with Down syndrome to date. In addition, the forum will provide attendees with the opportunity to work through the direct challenges to increasing inclusion for students with disabilities on our campus through a moderated working session. Afterwards, a 4 person panel including keynote speaker Liz Plachta, Katrina Murrell (Administrator of Saginaw Valley State University’s “Think Cardinal” program), Rick Campbell Sr. (Owner, Campbell Industrial Force) and Emily Garlick (Current Master’s level student at Ferris State University) will be on hand to work through the challenges/solutions created during that working session.
Although this forum is free to attend, a plated luncheon will be provided during the working session, so RSVP’ing is required. Please RSVP no later than 10/15/18 to MaggieWalcott@ferris.edu.
Skeleton Skurry – A 5K Run, Walk & ROLL Event!
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Big Rapids City Hall (On-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.)
This established and course certified 5K event is in its 6th year, but has teamed up with the Liaison Committee for Students with Disabilities to be awarded its first ever “fully accessible” course certification. This event is open to persons of all ages and abilities, however we do request that you contact MaggieWalcott@ferris.edu if you are visually impaired and require guide services so that we have time to set those services up ahead of time for you. There is a cost to participate in this event. You may pre-register at bigrapidsnews.com.