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The events listed herein are not necessarily managed or supported by the Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) or WKU. This list includes events advertised by WKU as well as those parties external to WKU. Some WKU events may be considered swipeable events or may be worth Well-U credit. For more information about a certain event, please refer to the contact information in the event listing below.

Events with WKU

The Counseling Center Team at WKU is hosting a LGBTQ+ support group this spring! 

A message from Dr. Peggy Crowe to the WKU community about the LGBTQ+ support group for students this spring:

"This group is a supportive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community to develop deeper self-awareness and explore ways to maximize their WKU experience. Discussions are led by clinical staff in the Counseling Center and may include topics such as coming out, family, relationships, wellness, etc."

The support group will meet every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm in Potter Hall Room 408. 

 Click here to view the LGBTQ+ Support Group Flyer for Spring 2019.Open in New Window

NAMI Connection is recovery support group for Current WKU Students that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope for students struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. NAMI Connection groups are:

  • Free and confidential
  • Held twice monthly for 90 minutes
  • Designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model
  • Led by NAMI trained facilitators living in recovery themselves
  • Open to currently enrolled WKU students regardless of academic classification

NAMI-Bowling Green, local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will offer NAMI Support Group Meetings at Western Kentucky University in Spring 2019 on the following Mondays: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/29 in Room201 of the Academic Complex from 6:00-7:30 pm. Pizza and drinks are provided at meetings.

Click here to view the NAMI flyer for Spring 2019.Open in New Window

DBSA offers a free support group. All students with mental health concerns are welcome to attend; no formal diagnosis is required. This group aims to support all students in developing mental health. It’s led by fellow college students who have received training from the national branch of DBSA. 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Bowling Green Chapter will meet in Spring 2019 on the following Wednesdays: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 in Garrett Conference Center, Room 0100 and 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1 in DSU, Room 3018.

Click here for the Spring 2019 information from DBSA.Open in New Window

A message from Dr. Masami Matsuyuki to the WKU community about the Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction group program for students this spring:

Update March 2019: The location for this event has changed to the Health Education & Promotion Training Room in WKU Graves-Gilbert Clinic.

"Hi, all:

I will offer the Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group program this spring again [...] as part of Counseling Center’s outreach to promote students’ psychological wellness. I’ve attached the flyer for more detailed information.

In a nutshell, the group will meet for 4 sessions weekly between March 19 and April 9 to learn about mindfulness, practice a number of mindfulness-based and meditative exercises, and commit to practicing mindfulness formally and informally daily over the month period together. It’s designed as a mental workout to build the “muscle” of mindfulness. It’s also set up as a Well-U event, so students can earn Well-U credits by participating in this program. As for the required textbook (easy inspirational reading), we have 3 copies for students to stop by and read in the lobby of Counseling Center if they can’t afford to buy it.

Please share the attached flyer with your students who may be interested in participating in this program and have them contact me for any questions and registration. Also, please let them know that we always have water, coffee, tea, and candies available if they choose to read the textbook (and many other self-help books on our book shelf) in the lobby of the Counseling Center.

Thank you!


Click here to view the updated flyer for Spring 2019.Open in New Window

On February 4, 2019 at 8:43:42 AM, School of Health Sciences (re@csuohio.edu) wrote:

Rehabilitation Engineering at Cleveland State University
A Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
May 29 – August 7, 2019

If you are an undergraduate student interested in creating and using technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities, this program is for you. This is an opportunity to explore a career path that is meaningful and significant and touches lives. We are looking for students at all undergraduate levels majoring in engineering, computer science, or a related area.  We especially encourage students with disabilities and students from underrepresented minority groups to apply.

You will be immersed in a community of undergraduate researchers, graduate students, engineering mentors, health care professionals, and, most importantly, people with disabilities. Together you will work on research projects to restore movement to people with paralyzed arms, develop new prosthetic legs, help improve balance in older adults, and explore the mechanics of injured joints. For ten weeks during the summer you will live at Cleveland State University and work in research labs at CSU and in hospitals in Cleveland.

Benefits include:

  • personal interaction with people with disabilities
  • participation in cutting edge rehabilitation research
  • membership in a supporting research community
  • one on one mentoring
  • help preparing for graduate school applications or a job search
  • opportunity to travel to and present your research at an academic conference
  • $5000 stipend
  • free room and meal plan
  • free travel to and from Cleveland

 For more details please visit http://bit.ly/RECSUdsOpen in New Window

Thank you!!

M. Renee Overton
Project Coordinator-RE@CSU 
Phone: 216-687-3709

Study Away: Georgia

Summer 2019 — June 29 - July 4
Course: SWRK 490 — Cultural Competency and Event Management in Adaptive Sports
Faculty: Matt Davis and Cameron Levis

Students are provided with the cultural knowledge and skills to be effective event managers for people with disabilities and explore the challenges of organizing a large-scale adaptive sports event.

https://www.wku.edu/go/georgia-racingOpen in New Window

 Study Away in Georgia SWRK 490

Click here for a flyer with the information in the image above.Open in New Window


Events in the KY Community

A message from Cameron Lewis about an adaptive sports program: 

"Good afternoon,

Here at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation in our Special Populations division, there has been a longstanding commitment to providing access to recreation and sport for those with disabilities in our community. Over the last couple of years, we have entered into new territory by creating and implementing our own adaptive sports program, which helps us expand our offerings to those specifically with physical disabilities.

Attached is the first issue of a new, semi-annual newsletter outlining the various programs being offered for the Winter and Spring of 2019 at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation. I have also included program specific flyers/images as well. Please pass program info along to those you know that may be interested. All programs are open to the public, and unless otherwise noted, open to those without a disability as well.

If you have any questions at all about our program or ways someone can get involved, feel free to contact myself at the information listed below. We are excited for what the future holds for adaptive sports here in the Bowling Green community. Have a good rest of your day!"

Cameron Levis,MS, CPRP, CARSS I
Special Populations Instructor
Bowling Green Parks and Recreation
Phone: 270-393-3265
Email: cameron.levis@bgky.org

“Focus on a person’s abilities,
not their disabilities.”

Click here to view the BGPR Adaptive Sports Newsletter.Open in new window

Click here to view the flyer for MRF Racquetball Clinic.Open in new window

Click here to view the flyer for the BG Invitational Tournament.open in new window 


Other Events

Call For Presentations – Save The Date!

The Nineteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability:Open in New Window The Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice

On The Ohio State University's Columbus Campus - April 8 & 9, 2019

Society For Disability Studies Preconference including an SDS Dance/DISCO Ball - April 7, 2019


Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability in context.  A conversation including many voices reflecting perspectives gained through lived experience and research; theory and practice, art and science.  This year's theme, Continuing the Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice, marks the 40th anniversary of Southeastern Community College v. Davis.Open in New Window  Argued on April 23, 1979Open in New Window before the U.S. Supreme Court this was a case of first impression that set the pattern for understanding disability rights under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and helped shape the American's With Disabilities Act. In Davis, the Supreme Court recognized that the future would chart that journey in unpredictable ways:

"We do not suggest that the line between a lawful refusal to extend affirmative action and illegal discrimination against handicapped persons always will be clear. It is possible to envision situations where an insistence on continuing past requirements and practices might arbitrarily deprive genuinely qualified handicapped persons of the opportunity to participate in a covered program. ... Thus, situations may arise where a refusal to modify an existing program might become unreasonable and discriminatory."
Page 442 U. S. 412 "Southeastern Community College v. Davis." Oyez, 28 Oct. 2018, www.oyez.org/cases/1978/78-711Open in New Window

Contribute to our wide-ranging discussion of where that journey has and will take us as we map out the intersections of disability with employment, technology, education, recreation, social and political life.

Preference will be given to proposals that encourage discussions across the typical social, political, and disciplinary boundaries; connect individuals to local, national or international communities; or consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity. 

Past programs and conference updates as they become available can be found at: http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm.Open in New Window

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to ADA-OSU@osu.edu

The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by Ohio State University's ADA Coordinator's Office is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong  Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.  

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Early Decisions Deadline: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2018)Open in New Window

Proposal Deadline: Ed Roberts' BirthdayOpen in New Window (January 23rd  2019)


Proposals should be submitted by e-mail with the body of the email or as an attachment (Word, TXT, or RTF formats) to ADA-OSU@osu.edu  with MP2019 and your name in the subject line

Proposals must include:

  1. Name of each presenter with titles, institutions, employers etc. as appropriate
  2. Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail) if there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the contact and lead presenter.
  3. Title of Presentation (9 words or less)
  4. Short Description not more than 50 words.
  5. Full Description (700 words or less) describe the content, focus and desired outcomes for the presentation using these questions as a guide.
  • What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Performance, Other)?
  • Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, or other)?
  • How familiar should the audience be with the topic (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
  • What are your three main goals for the presentation?

Please Note:  The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.


Questions contact L. Scott Lissner at Lissner.2@osu.edu.

Email ada-osu@osu.edu with MP Mailing List in the subject to be put on the conference mailing list.




At the Nineteenth Annual
Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:

April 8, 2019
Held on The Ohio State University's Columbus Campus

Poster Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2019


The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards. The awards for this year's competition will be as follows: Graduate Research $500, Undergraduate Research $200, Art and Performance $200, and Class Projects $200.


Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on:

1.    Independent and Supervised Student Research 

2.    Art and Performance 

3.    Class Projects and Papers (Award goes to department to support future projects)

4.    Community Service and Applied Problem Solving from Service Learning Classes or Student Organizations (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects)


Posters can take a variety of forms, including: print material mounted on poster board, display panels, or arranged on a table, PowerPoint presentations, web pages, or video presentations from your laptop.  

· Presentation materials must fit on a 3'x6' table or along 6' or less of wall space

· Presentation materials should present the information in 10 minutes or less

· Presenters or their designee must be present to interact with the audience

· Presenters must provide their own equipment


Visit these sites for tips on developing a poster presentation:

·  http://denman.osu.edu/resources.aspxOpen in New Window

·  http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/speaking/poster/index.cfmOpen in New Window   

·  http://elearningfacultymodules.org/index.php/Digital_Posters_and_Digital_Poster_Sessions#Module_Summary Open in New Window


Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information to ADA-OSU@osu.edu no later than March 15, 2019 

1.  Title – nine-word maximum

3.  Poster format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, etc.)

4.  Description of their proposed poster topic — 500-word maximum

5.  Email address, phone number, and surface mail address of coordinating presenter

6.  As appropriate, university, department, grant, course or student organization affiliation

7.  A letter of support from a faculty member or organization advisor associated with the project

8. Name of individual, department, or organization to receive cash award should the project win

Early submissions are encouraged.  Submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for all accepted presenters.

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SAVE-THE-DATES: April 6-9, 2019 

SDS Pre-Conference and Strand

At the 19th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to join with The Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference for a second year in organizing an SDS Strand!

This time, we are excited to announce that we will host an all-day SDS Pre-Conference on Sunday, April 7, 2019, with multiple concurrent sessions that will offer expanded opportunities for presentations and discussions.

The SDS Strand of Sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019, as part of the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference.

Keynote, Dinner, & Dance, 7-11 pm, Sunday, April 7th: The SDS Dance/DISCO Ball is back once again! The event will include a collaborative keynote from Dr. Jina Kim and Dr. Sami Schalk; dinner; mingling; and of course DANCING! Co-sponsored by the OSU Disability Studies Graduate Student Association and OSU Disability Studies Program.

Schedule for SDS@OSU:

o   Saturday, April 6, 2019: SDS Evening Reception.

o   Sunday, April 7, 2019: All-day SDS Pre-Conference; Evening Keynote, Dinner, and SDS Dance/DISCO Ball.

o   Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019: SDS Strand at the Multiple Perspectives Conference, ending at 5pm Tuesday.

The SDS Pre-Conference and Strand events will be open to all to attend but will be arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members. The CFP will be available in mid-October.

Visit the SDS website for more information, updates, and Membership portal: http://disstudies.orgOpen in New Window




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