October is Disability Advocacy Month

Disability Advocacy Month happens during the month of October and is a way to recognize and embrace the disability community further advocate for inclusion. Join the Disability Resource Center, the Disability Ambassadors, and our campus partners as we continue to advocate for access and celebrate disability in and around the UF Campus.

Disability Advocacy Month Kick-Off Celebration

11 - 2 p.m. | Reitz Union North Lawn

Disability Advocacy Month Kick-Off Celebration will highlight resources at UF and in the Gainesville community that celebrate disability identity and advocate for inclusion. This event is sponsored by UF Student Government.

A Night of Conversations with Valeria Hernandez

5:30 - 7 p.m. | Reitz Union Room 3320

Join the Disability Resource Center and Gator aluma Valeria Hernandez as she shares the importance of destigmatizing mental illness and focusing on preventative care, using her own student experience to highlight why it’s an important issue on college campuses.

"What the University of Florida showed me was that the best things in life are often unexpected, and the most growth comes from discomfort.” Valeria Hernandez

Disability Employer Dialogue: I Am Valued

5 - 6:30 p.m. | Career Connections Center

Join the Disability Resource Center, The Career Connections Center, and DRC Disability Ambassadors for a panel discussion about disability in the workplace. Employers will share ways their companies are inclusive of disability and will discuss their programs, affinity groups, and other initiatives that demonstrate their commitment to embracing disability as part of their company’s values. Light refreshments will be provided.

Critical Disability Studies Lecture

5 - 6 p.m. | Reitz Union G310

Critical Disability Studies Lecture: Navigating Access at Universities Dr. Vrana and Dr. Steverson

Creating effective access on college and university campuses is something that is challenging, yet very important. Dr. Vrana and Steverson will share scenarios that involve navigating these space and audience members will discuss the scenarios and determine what they would do in these situations.

Problem Solving for Accessibility

6 - 7:30 p.m. | Cypress Hall Gathering Room

This event will encourage participants to solve real-world issues in a short amount of time and is designed to teach participants to be agents of change. The hope of the program is to encourage critical thinking and engage radically in solution-oriented thinking in the realm of accessibility as well other social issues.


The Disability Resource Center utilizes Universal Design Principles when creating our events. However, we are cognizant that barriers may still exist. If you are an individual with a disability and anticipate needing accommodations, please contact Beth Roland at BRoland@ufsa.ufl.edu at least 72 hours prior to the event.