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Disability Awareness Week | Building Inclusive Communities

October 12 - 16, 2020

Each October, Saint Leo University observes Disability Awareness Week. This celebration is a chance to reflect on our core values and the ways in which individuals with disabilities have contributed to our university and community. It is also an opportunity to consider the ways we can work together to promote inclusion and equity in everything we do. This year, the theme of Disability Awareness Week is Building Inclusive Communities. The university is hosting a number of virtual events to help our community come together, celebrate, and reflect.

Disability Awareness Week Activities

Community Art Project

What does an inclusive community look like to you? The fight for equality for individuals with disabilities has been a long road and continues to be an important part of civil rights in the United States. During this event, you will submit your own original artwork (e.g., painting, graphic design, photography, etc.) to represent an inclusive community. All submissions will be displayed in our Kunstmatrix Virtual Art Gallery and select submissions will be part of the physical display on the University Campus. Artwork may be submitted in any standard image filetype (e.g., JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc.). Although there is not a specific file size limit, please be mindful that small images may not appear properly when enlarged and large files may need to be scaled down to load properly.

Please send your completed artwork and title to Participants selected for the physical display will be notified on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Need Ideas?

Check out some artwork from these prominent Deaf artists.

Deaf Culture and American Sign Language


The Deaf community is made up of many individuals with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. Some members of the Deaf community may be born with limited or no hearing, while others may develop hearing loss later in life due to medical conditions, accidents, or natural aging. Not every individual who is Deaf or hard of hearing identifies as part of the Deaf community; however, those who do generally find the shared experiences, language, and culture to be a natural part of their identity rather than a “disability.”

Did you know?

  • The modern football huddle was invented by a Deaf football team from Gallaudet University.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) can be used to communicate practically anywhere, including when spoken language cannot be used. Some examples of interesting places and activities where ASL has been used to communicate include scuba diving, sky diving, and even on the International Space Station.
  • Many Deaf people love going to concerts as much as hearing people do. Instead of hearing the concert, Deaf concert goers may feel music through vibrations and listen through interpreters.
  • Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing can be found in all fields. Some famous examples include Thomas Edison (inventor), Dame Evelynn Glennie (musician), Nyle DiMarco (model/actor), Suzanne Robitaille (journalist), and Christopher Soukup (CEO).

Be an Ally!

Show us that you are an ally of the Deaf community by recording a short video. In the video, you will record yourself finger spelling your name and the phrase “I am an ally of the Deaf community.” Participants will earn points toward our Discovery Challenge.

Don’t know ASL?

Don’t worry!

We have a sample video and visual instructions that make it simple!



Using the video above as a model record yourself signing “My name is (your name). I am an ally to the Deaf community.” After recording your video, post it to Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtags #sludisabilityawareness, #eipflorida, and #fcdpinellas and tag Accessibility Services to earn 10 points in the Discovery Challenge!

Need help finger spelling your name? Check out the ASL alphabet.

Want to Learn More?

Learn more about Deaf culture, ASL, and how to support more inclusive communities by exploring our Deaf culture and ASL resources.

Discovery Challenge

The Discovery Challenge is a chance to challenge your friends to see who can earn the most points and prizes while exploring the things that interest you most during Disability Awareness Week. Participating in events, completing challenges, and engaging via social media are just some of the ways that you can earn points. Prizes range from coffee gift cards to Saint Leo merchandise. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 16, when we unveil our Community Art Project.

How to Earn Points

  • Follow us on Instagram @Saintleoaccessibility (1 point)
  • Take a picture outside the Office of Accessibility or send us an email (1 point)
  • Complete the Disability and Employment survey located in Handshake (5 points)
  • Follow the instructions in our Deaf Culture and American Sign Language section above to complete a video where you will finger spell your name and sign a short message (10 points)
  • Pre-register for Move Night (1 point)
  • Participate in Movie Night and panel (10 points)
  • Pre-register for the Accessibility Services Trivia Night (1 point)
  • Participate in the Accessibility Services Trivia Night (10 points)
  • Participate in Community Art Project (10 points)
  • Make one of the allergy-sensitive recipes posted in our resources. Upload a picture or video of you making it, or of your finished product, to Instagram and tag Accessibility Services (5 points)
  • Have fun and record yourself or you and your friends (using proper social distancing and safety measures!) participating in one of the challenge activities on our resource page. Upload the video to Instagram and tag Accessibility Services (5 points)


Discovery Challenge prize, Saint Leo t-shirt
Discovery Challenge prize, Saint Leo University ID Holder
ID Holder
Discovery Challenge prize, Saint Leo University tumbler
Discovery Challenge prize, Saint Leo University window decals
Discovery Challenge prize, Benedict's Coffeehouse Gift Card
Gift Card

Movie Night

Join us for a screening of the movie Crip Camp, and a discussion in which we will explore the ways that a small summer camp for teens with disabilities set the stage for a disability rights revolution. After the movie, panelists and participants will discuss the ways in which individuals with disabilities are represented in news and popular media, the successes and barriers related to equal access in employment, education, and community living, and the role of individuals with disabilities in the continued fight for civil rights.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. (ET), panel discussion will begin immediately after
Zoom Link:
Password: 591212

Pre-Register for Movie Night to earn 1 point for the Discovery Challenge!

image of Crip Camp movie poster

Crip Camp synopsis from

“In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp "for the handicapped" in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was the teens’ freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking, and make out sessions awaiting everyone, and campers who felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, CA—a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community—where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions. Co-directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country's largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.”


"Crip Camp shows change can come from anyone, anywhere at anytime. It's a lesson that should always be taken to heart but rings especially true now."

– Adam Graham, Detroit News

"The riveting tale of a decades-long radical revolution that changed the world forever."

– Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

"The heart and soul of Crip Camp is about the healing power of an accepting community and the ways such a community can change the lives of those who belong."

– Richard Propes,

Trivia Night

Do you think you know about the history of disability rights and the ways in which Accessibility Services promotes equal access at Saint Leo University? Join us for Trivia Night where you can test your knowledge against others in our community, compete for prizes, and earn points towards the Discovery Challenge.

Date: Monday, October 12, 2020
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. (ET)
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 929 5547 3779
Password: 6fKbXz

Pre-Register for Trivia Night to earn 1 point for the Discovery Challenge!

Can't make it to trivia night?
Take the Trivia Night quiz on your own time beginning on October 13 to earn points toward the Discovery Challenge.