Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) as observed by the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. During the month of October, we encourage you to recognize and celebrate the many contributions that employees with disabilities have made at Stanford. Additionally, take some time this month to reflect and build awareness about how disability is part of diversity on our campus and what actions you can take as a leader and/or co-worker to ensure disabled employees are included and supported as members of the Stanford community. Below is more information about activities hosted by the Disability Staff Forum occurring this month.
Disabled Isn’t a Bad Word: A Workshop on Disability, Advocacy, and Community : Oct 18, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:30 p.m. PT via Zoom Event
Hosted by the Disability Staff Forum, this workshop was developed by disabled employees and allies. It strives to educate the broader Stanford community on Disability as a diverse and highly individualized identity and experience.
All Stanford employees, including Stanford Medicine and SLAC employees, are invited to learn more about the history of disability advocacy in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, especially in the workplace. Workshop attendees will become comfortable with engaging in disability advocacy. Lastly, this workshop will discuss the disability community at Stanford and offer starting places for supportive resources available throughout and beyond the accommodations process.
Please note that the accommodations-related resources discussed may reflect information available only for University staff. Employees affiliated with Stanford Medicine, SLAC, and other locations should follow up with their local offices to learn more about what accommodations-related support resources exist.
Superfest Disability Film Festival: October 19-22, 2023
DSF is providing free passes (virtual and in person) to this year's Superfest Film Festival for the first 30 people who REGISTER HERE. You can attend the festival either in person in Berkeley or San Francisco or virtually on your own time over the weekend. Passes include access to all films. You can learn more about this year's film line up here.
Additionally, DSF will be hosting a book club style debrief of the Superfest Film Festival on Monday, October 23 from 12-1PM on Zoom. We hope you can join us for this post-festival discussion. You can also register for this event through the same link as pass registration above.
More Disability Awareness Events
Below are other events, hosted by various campus partners, that showcase disability as part of diversity.
Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE) is also hosting several events in October. Learn more
2023 SFASA-Stanford Adult Autism/DD Conference: October 14, 2023
Neurodiversity in the Workplace: November 14, 2023
Allyship and Awareness Suggestions
Use this Zoom background to build awareness about Disability Awareness Month and demonstrate your commitment to building a more inclusive Stanford:
Take time to explore many Disability Awareness - Resources for Learning