Disability Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month Celebration

October 2020

We are excited to announce that we are officially including the Disability Awareness Month celebration with the Cultural Awareness Series.  Disability Awareness Month is nationally recognized during the month of October.  We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions of members of this community and embrace the honor and acknowledgement of their achievements.  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is working closely with the Office of Disability Resources, as well as Diversability, Talk to the Hands, and Best Buddies student clubs to coordinate and plan the events for this month-long celebration.  We will also further acknowledge and celebrate the 30th anniversary this year of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Disability Awareness Month Kick-off

Friday, October 2nd | 5:30 pm | Register here for the Disability Awareness Month Kickoff.

Join us for the kick-off event for Disability Awareness Month!  Test your knowledge about disability culture and accessibility in a game of trivia. There will be amazing prizes given away!


Movie: “Clueless” [ audio described]

Thursday, Oct. 8 |  7:00 pm | Register here for “Clueless” movie showing

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale.  Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other (Credit: IMDB).  This movie will be audio described to depict how a person with a visual impairment may watch a movie.

Movie: “Defiant Lives”

Monday, Oct. 12 | 7:00 pm | Register here for “Defiant Lives” movie showing

A triumphant film  that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement.  It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.  Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us al.  Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Vigo Inclusion Film Festival (Credit: Kanopy)

Keynote Speaker:  Matthew Doyle

Thursday, Oct. 15 |  5:00 pm | Register here for the Disability Awareness Month Keynote with Matthew Doyle

Matthew Doyle was born in 1990 in El Paso Texas. After moving to Virginia in 1995, Matthew started attending Stafford County Public Schools and eventually graduated from Mountain View School. It was while in the Stafford County School that Matthew was introduced to Special Olympics in 2005. Since joining Special Olympics, Matthew has participated in many sports as well as becoming a Special Olympics Global Messenger where he has spoken to thousands spreading the Special Olympics message of Respect, Hope, Unity, and Inclusion. Recently, Matthew has become involved with the Best Buddies Program at the University of Mary Washington where he enjoys spending time with his friends and other Best Buddy members.


For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com  Visit students.umw.edu/multicultural.  

Please email us at umwjfmc@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations.