6 ways to get involved in Disability Inclusion Week

27 August 2018
Learn about the experiences of people who live with disability
The University is celebrating Disability Inclusion Week from Monday 3 – Friday 7 September 2018. With an exciting program of events on campus, here are six ways you can get involved in the action.

1.    Play with the therapy dogs

Who doesn’t love to pat cute dogs? Not only does it make us happy, science has shown that it’s calming, can lift your mood, and promote greater self-esteem, which is why therapy dogs are so helpful for those experiencing mental illness, anxiety, stress and other conditions. Meet the gorgeous pups from Delta dogs between 12pm and 2pm on Monday 3 September on Eastern Ave.

2.    Learn Auslan

Australian Sign Language, or Auslan, is the language of the Australian Deaf community. Visit the coffee cart on Eastern Avenue on Monday 3 September and use sign language to communicate your order for a free coffee. Don’t worry, interpreters will be on hand to help if you get stuck. If you’re keen to learn more, check out the classes offered by the Deaf Society.

3.    Visit the Photo Tales exhibition

Uni 2 beyond supports people with an intellectual disability to study courses and take part in university life. Students from the uni 2 beyond program will share their campus experiences through photographs. You can see the exhibition all week on Level 1 of the Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library.

4.    Get involved at Cumberland

Events kick off from 12pm on Tuesday 4 September with a demonstration match of disabled touch football, and an interpretative performance by the ReCreate Arts student association.

5.    Come along to Sydney Ideas: Inclusion by design

How can we develop a view of people and place that is universally designed and that gives people with disability access? How can this can be done seamlessly with equity and dignity? Our expert panel will tackle the big questions about inclusive design. Register here.

6.    Borrow a Living Library book

The Living Library provides an opportunity for individuals to connect with people, to better understand the life experiences of others, and to challenge their own assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes. Just like any normal library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from. Browse the shelves from 12pm on Thursday 6 September at the S Block Clinic

Disability Inclusion Week is Monday 3 September – Friday 7 September. View the full program of events.

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