Fall 2017 National Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

September 22, 2017

disABLEDperson, Inc announce our  Fall 2017  National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities! This competition begins on September 12, 2017 and ends on November 12, 2017 for the award of $2000.00 (two thousand dollars)!

To participate, follow these simple steps: Write an essay with no more than 1000 words. Next, you need to register for the competition. To do so click on “Register Now” link below. Fill out the form completely and paste your essay into the form.



Sports & Disability: Eli Wolff, Paralympian, Advocate & Activist

September 8, 2017

Beyond the Field is a UConn organization whose mission is to bring guests to the campus community whose interests intersect with athletics as well as other social issues. In the past, they have hosted guests who have discussed the interplay between sexual assault and college athletics, race and sport, gender and sport, and much more.

Kicking off the series this fall, they will bring Eli Wolff, Paralympian and advocate and activist for individuals with disabilities in sports to campus to continue these important discussions. Join Eli will be speaking on September 13 in the Gentry building, room 144, at 4pm.

Date and Time:

September 13, 2017


Gentry Room 144

Contact Katie Halbruner for additional information at katie.halbruner@uconn.edu or 860-486-2020


Helping Your Student with Disabilities Prepare for the Future

August 3, 2017

“Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative”, said Joseph Madaus, Professor of Education, Director of the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut. In a UConn Today article titled, “Helping Your Student with Disabilities Prepare for the Future,” Professor Madaus explained how he has worked with many students with disabilities transitioning to college, and shared how the most successful students could attribute their success to preparation.

To find out more about how to plan ahead, please see the original UConn Today article.

Come See “Newsies” this Saturday!

July 12, 2017

University of Connecticut Interpreting Services (UCIS) is collaborating with the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) to provide interpreted theatrical performances this summer! The third and final performance of the summer season, “Newsies”, is occurring right now and will be interpreted on Saturday, July 15th at 2:00.

“Newsies” is a show inspired by the “Newsboy Strike of 1899” and includes themes of social justice and exploitative labor. During this show, viewers will watch the newsboys as they journey towards finding their voice and standing up for themselves!

For more information on how to purchase tickets and the services that will be offered at this ASL-interpreted performance, please see the UCIS announcement for Newsies.

World Usability Day New England Conference – November 9, 2017

June 28, 2017

The 2017 World Usability Day New England event is coming to beautiful Connecticut. Join us on November 9th for a day of educational presentations at the University of Connecticut Student Union building. We are predicting about 300 attendees and 12-15 vendors/exhibitors as well as speakers with sessions regarding Accessible documents, Website Design and Compliance, User Experience, Universal Design, and the latest Assistive Technology for education and employment, as well as accessible design in the home and community. Experts from these fields will be sharing their expertise through demonstrations and informative workshop sessions!

Usability, accessibility and assistive technology allow persons of all abilities to engage in learning, employment and enjoying life to the fullest. The #WUDNE17 event aims to bring together some of the brightest minds in these three fields, for a day of learning, professional development and networking. Please remember to use the #WUDNE17 hashtag on social media.

This event is sponsored by UCONN Disability Services, celebrating 50 years of service to students! Also sponsored by Assistive Technology for Education, ATforED.com, and Forward View Consulting, forwardviewconsulting.com.

The event will be held on November 9th, 2017 from 8 AM to 4 PM on the campus of the University of Connecticut. We are busy finalizing this event, so check this site often for further details. There is a registration fee of $30, which will cover the cost of lunch and costs associated with producing the event. We hope to see many familiar faces and new friends on November 9th in the town of Storrs, Connecticut.

Website: https://wudne.org/

Date and Time:

November 9, 2017


Student Union
Main Office SU 106
2110 Hillside Road, U-3008
Storrs, CT 06269-3008

Contact Alyssa Marinaccio for additional information at alyssa.marinaccio@uconn.edu or 860-486-2020

Deaf Professionals: Breaking the Sound Barrier

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UConn Interpreting Services and the Center for Students with Disabilities welcomes you to join us for a memorable event on Tuesday September 26, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. This is the first celebration of its kind in Connecticut, and our excitement in preparing for this occasion matches your excitement to attend!

Deaf individuals have struggled through a history of marginalization, with limited opportunities for employment and education among countless other barriers. We at the University of Connecticut are honored to host a vibrant community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, faculty, and staff. Because the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community has grown, so has the community of ASL users on campus. In an effort to increase awareness across the board about the thriving Deaf and Hard of Hearing community here in Connecticut, this evening will offer you the opportunity to meet Deaf scientists, engineers, doctoral students, psychologists, mathematicians, medical providers, counselors, and just about any other professional field imaginable. All are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the ways these professionals have navigated the education and employment system, and what their journeys looked like.

Deaf students transitioning from high school to college: this is your chance to speak with other members of the Deaf community who are willing to serve as mentors and guides. The collective wisdom these panel members offer is considerable. They have traveled the road you are starting down, and their message to you is: you CAN do it! Your options are not limited, and you have support.

Interpreters working with Deaf professionals: this is your opportunity to learn more about their experiences, their skills, and hear their stories. We often work with Deaf individuals who are subject matter experts in their fields. This is an evening of invaluable growth potential as we learn from those we work with daily.

Don’t know ASL? No problem! We have enough interpreters to make this evening accessible for all. Members of the UConn community – and the communities we collaborate with and serve – are welcome to join us for a special night of learning how we can better interact with our fellow colleagues.

The panel starts with an hour of questions and answers, moderated by Steve Simmons, a member of UConn’s faculty as well as a teacher at Norwich Free Academy. After that, an hour of networking between attendees and panel members will be complemented by desserts and beverages.

As one of the key events of the Center for Students with Disabilities 50th Anniversary Celebration, it is our privilege to welcome you to Deaf Professionals: Breaking the Sound Barrier!

Date and Time:

September 26, 2017


Legislative Office Building
300 Capitol Ave #5100
Hartford, CT 06106

R.S.V.P Today!

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 12th. Minors must fill out the Waiver for University Sponsored Minor Programs below in order to attend this event. Both RSVP and consent form may be submitted to ucis@uconn.edu.


Please contact Audrey Silva for additional information at audrey.silva@uconn.edu or 860-486-2020

KICKOFF EVENT: Ally Hilfiger & Surviving Chronic Lyme Disease

June 27, 2017

Students with chronic health conditions represent the second largest disability population at UConn. In an effort to increase awareness of invisible disabilities, the CSD will kick off their 50th anniversary celebration through a keynote and panel discussion with Ally Hilfiger about chronic Lyme disease.

“Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of 18. She could not put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now, Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain; everything from joint pain, to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers her and her family had desperately been searching for, and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease-and finally had a breakthrough.”

Ally Hilfiger is an artist, designer, and the daughter of fashion mogul and entrepreneur Tommy Hilfiger. She created, produced, and starred in Rich Girls for MTV, spearheaded the women’s clothing line NAHM, and sits on the board of the Global Lyme Alliance and Project Lyme. In 2016 Ally wrote her memoir, “BITE ME” How Lyme disease stole her childhood, almost killed me, and made me crazy. In the book, she documents her life long battle with chronic Lyme disease. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Steve Hash and daughter Harley.

Book signing and autographs will be available at 4:15 outside the theatre.

Date and Time:

September 12, 2017


Student Union Theatre

Contact Katie Halbruner for additional information at katie.halbruner@uconn.edu or 860-486-2020

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Parents Fund