SARC to host events celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month


B Turner, News reporter

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Western Kentucky University’s Student Accessibility Resource Center has three events planned to celebrate.  

Each event will be hosted over Zoom and is open to all students. The first event will be on Wednesday Oct. 19 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The SARC will be showing the movie Crip Camp.  

Crip Camp is a movie about the experiences of disabled students at Camp Jened. The connections they made at their camp led to activism in California that helped other disabled people nationwide. The movie Crip Camp has its own impact campaign to bring disability awareness to the forefront of people’s minds as a social justice issue.  

On Thursday Oct. 27, a guest speaker will be hosting a talk over Zoom. Ann Knettler is the director of the Center for Disability Resources at Delaware State University. She is an ADA and 504 Compliance Officer and is a published researcher. She will be speaking on “Understanding Ableism and Able Privilege.”  

Throughout the month the SARC will be hosting an art contest. The theme is “what does your disability mean to me?”Any artwork of a paint or sketch medium is welcome until Oct. 24 before 4:00 p.m.  

The winner of the art contest will receive a prize and their artwork will be displayed in the SARC located in the Downing Student Union 1074. The winner will be notified by Nov. 3.  

 News reporter B Turner can be reached at [email protected].