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Events & Engagements

Over the course of the 2023-24 academic year the UW will host a year-long disability awareness campaign in celebration of the 50th anniversary of a seminal piece of rights legislation: the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 containing provision 504 which established a constitutional right of disabled people to have access to public education. Activities will range from speakers in the UW Public Lecture series, a disability history exhibit, accessibility challenges, arts and performances focused on disabled artists, and much more!

The full slate of events for the year can be found on the Office of the ADA Coordinator’s calendar!

Spring Quarter 2024 Signature Events


Husky Giving Day

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UW Advancement 

April 4th, 2024

Support the D-Center, Disability Resources for Students, and other accessibility initiatives

Support Accessibility

Disability Allyship Challenge

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UW Disability Studies Program 

April 5th – 30th, 2024

Take part in a 26-day challenge to broaden your knowledge and provide a pathway towards individual allyship

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Adaptive Recreation Series

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UW Recreation 

April 10th – May 27th, 2024 | Locations Vary

Adaptive Climbing, Archery, Aquatics, Kayaking, and more

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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UW Access Technology 

May 16th, 2024 | Odegaard 220 & Zoom

Commemorates GAAD with a full day of lectures, workshops, and other activities related to digital accessibility

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45th Anniversary of DRS

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Disability Resources for Students (DRS)

May 22nd, 2024 | 3:30 – 5:00pm | Mary Gates Hall 1st Floor Commons

Celebrating 45 years of increasing access and equity at the UW!

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38th Annual Justus F. Lehmann Symposium

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Department of Rehabilitative Medicine

Monday, June 10 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Center for Urban Horticulture (Hybrid)

Disability, Access and Opportunities in Healthcare: Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

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Winter Quarter 2024 Signature Events


Public Lecture Series

Photo of Alice Wong, an Asian American disabled woman in a power chair wearing a blue sweater and giving and smiling at the camera

Alice Wong

Jan. 9, 2024 at 6:30pm | Town Hall Seattle (Hybrid)

An Evening with Alice Wong

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Public Lecture Series

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Patty Berne 

Jan. 17, 2024 at 6:30pm | Town Hall Seattle (Hybrid)

Disability Justice: Centering Intersectionality and Liberation

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Teaching@UW Seminar

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Hala Annabi

Feb. 8, 2024 at 12:00pm | Zoom

Teaching Strategies that Serve Neurodiverse Students

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D-Center Event

Film Screening

Postponed | Lyceum, Husky Union Building

Being Michelle 

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Fall Quarter 2023 Signature Events


Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Headshot of Joanne Woiak, a white woman with shoulder length grey hair, wearing black framed glasses and a white collared shirt

Dr. Joanne Woiak

Oct. 17, 2023 at 5:00pm | Alder Hall Auditorium (Hybrid)

Engaging Disability, Empowering History: Ethics and Politics of Disability History 

Watch Recording

Public Lecture Series

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Dr. Jaipreet Virdi 

Oct. 24, 2023 at 6:30pm | Town Hall Seattle (Hybrid)

The Disabled Gaze: Rethinking the Past, Remaking the Future

Watch Recording

Disability History Exhibit

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UW Libraries Exhibit 

Month of October | Allen Library North Lobby

50th Anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

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