Disability Awareness Day

Disability Awareness Day at Joliet Junior College will include multiple speakers and panelists discussing the topic and advocating for those with disabilities. Students, employees, and community members are encouraged to come together for a productive discussion about some important topics in the disability community.

The event, hosted by the Disability Awareness Club, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the U-Building Auditorium at Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Dr. Angela Kaysen-Luzbetak, dean of student success at JJC, will provide the welcome address. Her speech will be followed by discussions on the impact of Special Olympics, how disabilities are covered in the media, and panel sessions examining how disabilities are developed and whether or not they’re visible to others.

The full agenda is as follows:

9am - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Address (JJC Dean of Student Success Dr. Angela Kaysen-Luzbetak)

9:20 - 9:50 a.m. The Impact of Special Olympics & Acceptance (Youth Special Olympic athletes Jack and Sophie)

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Disability and the Media (JJC English/World Languages Professor Stacey Murphy)

11:00 - 11:50 a.m. JJC's Commitment to Individuals with Disabilities (JJC Disability Services Manager Mindy Diaz and JJC Enterprise Applications Manager Tim Roessler)

12:00 - 12:25 p.m. Panel discussion: Visible vs. Invisible

12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Panel discussion: Born With vs. Acquired

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Advocacy and the Community (Pam Heavens, disability rights advocate and activist)

More information about the event can be found by emailing disabilityawarenessclubjjc@gmail.com.