NAU celebrates Disability Heritage Month


October is Disability Heritage Month, and Northern Arizona University is celebrating with a series of events across campus.

This year’s events include:

NAU 4 All Scavenger Hunt
2-3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7
Union Point, meet at the Louie Statue
Join NAU 4 All for the biannual accessibility scavenger hunt. A discussion of what was found will directly follow and refreshments will be served.

Theater of the Oppressed: Reimagining Disability
7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13
Health and Learning Center, room 2403
The unique play reimagines a society that is much more open and accommodating to the needs of people with disabilities in a world that truly values people of all abilities.

Dismantling (Dis)Ability: The Role of Media in Constructing and Combating Representations
4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18
Communications Building, room 242
Join the NAU Debate Team as they explore topics of disability.

A conversation about disability: Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19
University Union
Join NAU instructor Matthew Wangeman and John McDermott of the Institute for Human Development as they answer everything you’ve always wanted to know about disability.

Why representation matters: Disability in the news and entertainment media
4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20
Student and Academic Services Auditorium
Join disability studies scholar Beth Haller as she discusses how the representation of disabilities by the media works to shape how we see individuals with disabilities. Haller is Professor of Mass Communication at Towson University who has been researching the portrayal of disability in news and entertainment media since 1991.

Grand opening of the accessible, all gender restroom in Cline Library
4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26
Cline Library
The ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m. with a reception in Cline room 200 directly following.

Screening of CinemAbility
6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26
Cline Library Auditorium
The documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview filmmakers, studio executives, film historians and celebrities. A question and answer session will follow.

Sitting Volleyball Tournament
7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27
Health and Learning Center
Join Campus Recreation, the Commission on Disability Access and Design, NAU 4 All and Disability Resources for a community-wide sitting volleyball tournament. Teams will be four to six players. To register, visit or contact Mike Przydzial at (928) 523-0567.