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Disability Awareness Week

Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or ‘courage in the face of adversity’. Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.

Mon May 23

3:00-4:30pm Redefining the Body: A Panel Discussion on the Future of Accessible Technology @ Mary Gates Hall Room 288  271

Tue May 24

5-7pm Film Screening: “The Couple” @ Odegaard Library 220

Wed May 25

12:20pm Every Body Freeze, Now! @ Red Square

Thur May 26

6:30-8:30pm Cripping Culture: A Live Poetry Slam and Art Show@ Parnassus

Fri May 27

7-9pm Celebration Dinner @ Shultzy’s (RSVP via email:

Sat May 28

7-9pm Mr. Shineyhead presents: “A Storytelling Extravaganza” @ Parrington Hall Commons Room 308  Forums Room 309


Don’t miss our first ever Deaf Storytelling Night with comedic and dramatic acts by Patrick Fischer (aka Mr Shineyhead)! There is still room for performers, so if you are interested, show up tonight and get on stage! Here’s a taste of what’s to come:


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As part of the Every Body Freeze, Now flash mob, professor Jurg Koch created a film that presents collected impressions about access to Red Square as a public space. The video was projected after the Flash Mob and during the Cripping Culture poetry event.

Thank you to everyone who attended the flash mob today despite the cold and rain! Your freezing helped make it an awesome event! We’d like to take a moment to give thanks for the sponsors and organizers. First and foremost, thank you to the UW Dance Program and all the members of DASA and SDC for making this event possible.

Special thanks to Ann Luetzow, who had an enormous role in organizing the event. Without her hard work and commitment, we would not have been able to have such a successful event!

Many thanks also to Jurg Koch, Dyane Haynes, Noah Seidel, Jesse Minkert, Tobias Cullins, Joanne Woiak, Ann Maclean, Stanley Sakai, Andrew Scudder, Roberta Bustamante, Dan Comden, Elliott Nutt and Gretchen Bennett.

Tomorrow evening at the Cripping Culture poetry event, we’ll get a chance to reflect on the flash mob and watch a video component that was shown during the freezing. Be sure to come! Bring friends! Bring poetry! Bring art and celebrate disability!

Hello everyone,

Finally… the moment we’ve ALL been waiting for has (almost) arrived. today, WEDNESDAY, May 25th, on Red Square, at 12:20, there will be the FLASH MOB, as part of Disability Awareness Week.

To clear some things up… we will freeze, not dance, and you don’t need to get there early. Just show up to Red Square at 12:20. bring a friend. Bring two. Bring your professor. Bring a lover. Kiss them. Freeze mid-high five or spill your soda. Sprawl out on the ground, or freeze under an umbrella if it’s raining — THIS EVENT WILL GO ON, RAIN OR SHINE.

How to participate:

Get to Red Square at 12:20, wait for the start cue: a man in the middle of Red Square releasing a blue balloon and saying “OH NO, MY BLUE BALLOON!”

FREEZE. For five minutes. Don’t dance. You’ll be the only one.

You’ll know it’s over when you hear the end cue: the audio describer saying “…and five minutes have passed…” and otherwise everyone else unfreezing.

We’ll be freezing for FIVE MINUTES between 12:20 and 12:30, we don’t know when exactly, which is why you should watch/listen for the start cue.

For more information, check out our website:

Hope to see you (and your friends) tomorrow!

Happy Disability Awareness Week 🙂

In order to accommodate more people for the Redefining Bodies Panel, we’ve moved the location from Mary Gates Hall 288 to 271.

In addition, the Deaf Storytelling Night will be in Parrington Hall Forums (Room 309) instead of Commons (Room 308) the rooms are right across from each other).

We apologize for the inconvenience! We will have signs and volunteers at the events to redirect you to the new rooms. Thanks!

Joining us on May 23 at the Redefining Bodies panel, will be Nathan Makan, a junior at UW and an Apple Campus Rep. He will give a brief presentation on the accessibility features for Apple products.
Apple has always made efforts to make their technology more accessible, but the features often go unknown. Visit the Apple accessibility site to learn more!

Nathan will be available for demos after the event is over.