Disability Services Plans 40th Anniversary Events

Disability Services will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a yearlong series of events beginning Friday, Nov. 8 with a luminaria installation around Haigis Mall from 5-7 p.m.

The display is intended “to shine light on the accomplishments of people with disabilities.” Disability Services asks participants to write their name or the name of someone they know who is accomplishing their goals, regardless of a disability, on one of the luminarium bags.

A film series highlighting the diverse experiences of people with disabilities in a variety of contexts is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 7-10 p.m. in the Campus Center.

On April 11, Disability Services is hosting a “Get the 411 on Disability” conference, featuring a full day of workshop opportunities addressing disability issues and ableism. Seasoned facilitators will share their knowledge and experience. The conference is open to all.

The celebration will end with a gala dinner with live musical entertainment and a visual and tactile art exhibit on May 3 in the Marriott Center.

Donations are being accepted at the office and all events to support the Dr. Patricia Silver Memorial Fund. Silver founded Learning Disabilities Support Services office and was a pioneer and champion for disability rights. Scholarship proceeds in her name will assist students in obtaining diagnostic testing.