Disability Awareness Month Celebration

“Disabled Is Not a Dirty Word”

October 2023

Disability Awareness Month is nationally recognized during the month of October.  We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions of members of this community and embrace the honor and acknowledgement of their achievements.  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is working closely with the Office of Disability Resources, as well as Diversability, Talk to the Hands, and Best Buddies student clubs to coordinate and plan the events for this month-long celebration.  

People commonly label disability as a negative thing that affects our lives in a negative way. For disabled people, it is a big part of who we are. This year for Disability Awareness Month, join us in celebrating and sharing what makes us unique and re-learning that Disabled Is Not A Dirty Word.


Silent Dinner

Tuesday, October 24 | 5:00 pm | Chandler A, Cedric Rucker University Center

Sponsored by Talk to the Hands Club

Join Talk to the Hands for our third annual Silent Dinner! The Silent Dinner is an event included in this celebration hosted by UMW’s American Sign Language Club. The purpose of this event is to encourage attendees to try to communicate without using verbal language, instead by using American Sign Language, written language, or any other form of non-verbal communication while eating and having fun! So many people do not use verbal language to communicate, and by trying to find new ways to communicate, we are attempting to make our community more inclusive and understanding.


Accessibility Bingo

Tuesday, October 24 | 8:00 pm | The Underground, Lee Hall

Cosponsored by CPB Reel Deals

Join the weekly bingo team as they incorporate terms and important information regarding accessibility throughout the night. Bring proof of attending a Disability Awareness Month activity and receive an extra card too.


Special Interest Show and Tell

Wednesday, October 25 | 5:00 pm | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Please contact ODR as early as possible at or 540-654-1266 with accommodation requests.