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Disability Allies Newsletter

"Disability only becomes a tragedy when society fails to provide the things we need to lead our lives — job opportunities or barrier-free buildings, for example. It is not a tragedy to me that I'm living in a wheelchair." ~ Judith "Judy" Heumann


This month we remember and honor the life and work of Judith "Judy" Heumann - widely regarded as "the mother" of the disability rights movement. Judy's lifelong advocacy helped to advance disability rights legislations such as Section 504, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Judy was also responsible for leading the 504 Sit-in, the longest occupation of a federal building in history, which took place in San Francisco in 1977. Most recently, Judy co-authored her memoir, "Being Heumann", and was featured in the Oscar-nominated film Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.


Here are a few ways you can learn more about Judy and her lifelong advocacy for the disability rights movement:











In community,


Wendy Tobias, CRC, LPCC, Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer

Cecile Puretz, Assistant Director, Disability Access and Inclusion


Alt-text: Digital painting of Judy Heumann in her wheelchair smiling. She is wearing a blue shirt and black pants, and is painted surrounded by blooming lilies against an orange sky.

Education & Training Resources

This month, we also want to highlight some new resources and programs to support UCSF staff, faculty, and learners in building a more accessible and inclusive environment for all.

UCSF Health Service Animal Training available on UC Learning Center


UCSF Health Experience and the Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer are pleased to share this Service Animal Training with you! We hope it assists you with information about this accommodation, and you will feel empowered with policy-based information and resources.


Website: UC Learning Center on Sumtotal

More Information: Program flyer


Alt-text: Golden retriever service dog wearing a blue harness and leash.

Diversity Graduation 2023

Diversity Graduation

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

5:30 PM- 7 PM | Millberry Union Conference Center


On behalf of the LGBT Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Centers, and Office of Disability Access and Inclusion, we want to celebrate & honor all the BIPOC, Disabled and LGBTQ+ graduates from the Professional Schools and Graduate Division! All graduating students are welcome to participate!


Graduating student registration: tiny.ucsf.edu/DivGrad2023

General registration to be shared in April.



Accessibility: To request a reasonable accommodation for the Diversity Graduation, email Cecile.Puretz@ucsf.edu or call 415-806-7391 as soon as possible.

Register for Diversity Graduation

Upcoming Events & Programs

Accessibility: UCSF welcomes people with disabilities to all of our events and programs. To request a reasonable accommodation, email the accessibility contacts listed within each of the events.

Mar

8

WIT@UCSF & Faces of Ability II Presents: Women's Mental Health Resilience

12:10pm - 1:00pm

Registration link



Accessibility: To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact wit@ucsf.edu as soon as possible.


UCSF staff members Diane Ngo and Kim Jarboe LaPean and PhD student Carolyn Smith Hughes talk about their mental wellness journey and what they learned about women’s mental health resilience during the Faces of Ability campaign around issues of mental health in the workplace, caregiving and maternal health. The session will end with resources and a Q+A. People of all genders are welcome.

Apr

5

Monthly Yoga Series with Shirley Johnson

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn more: Monthly Yoga Series

Mission Bay

Contact: CARE@ucsf.edu


Looking for an opportunity to practice yoga and move your body? This series centers our Black and African American learners and employees in honor of Black History Month. Session is in person at Mission Bay on 4/5/23. If you have a mat, please bring it. This yoga series is open to all UCSF Affilates and is a partnership between the CARE program, the Multicultural Resource Center and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. 

Apr

27

Access "Lunch & Learn:" Disability Community Marketing Strategies

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Registration link

For more information contact: Cecile.Puretz@ucsf.edu


Learn strategies for building more inclusive marketing and outreach campaigns. When developing your marketing and communications plan, it’s important to include people with disabilities on your marketing team. Explore concrete ways to strengthen a more genuine and responsive connection to the disability community when planning in-person, remote, or hybrid events.

May

3

Monthly Yoga Series with Shirley Johnson

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn more: Monthly Yoga Series

Mission Bay

Contact: CARE@ucsf.edu


Looking for an opportunity to practice yoga and move your body? This series centers our Black and African American learners and employees in honor of Black History Month. If you have a mat, please bring it. This yoga series is open to all UCSF Affiliates and is a partnership between the CARE program, the Multicultural Resource Center and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. 

May

4

SAVE THE DATE!



Disability Resource Center Open House

Thurs, May 4, 5:00pm - 6:30pm (IN-PERSON)

Millberry Union MU-102 Parnassus Campus

Registration information coming soon!

For more information, contact: Cecile.Puretz@ucsf.edu


UCSF learners are invited to join the Office of Disability Access and Inclusion in our newly-renovated Resource Center at the Milberry Union Parnassus campus. Come meet our staff, learn about our programs and resources, and connect with peers! Activities will include Disability Pride button-making and a zine/collage art table.


Our space is for everyone. Whether you identify as disabled, have a chronic health condition, questioning your relationship to disability, or an ally. We invite you to join us!


Light food and refreshments will be provided.

May

17

Diversity Graduation

May 17, 2023, 5:30PM - 7:00pm

Milberry Union Conference Center

Contact: Tracy.Garcia@ucsf.edu



Graduation season is near! On behalf of the LGBT Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Centers, and Office of Disability Access and Inclusion, we want to celebrate & honor all the BIPOC, Disabled and LGBTQ+ graduates from the Professional Schools and Graduate Division! All graduating students are welcome to participate!


Graduating student registration: tiny.ucsf.edu/DivGrad2023

General registration to be shared in April.



Accessibility: To request a reasonable accommodation for the Diversity Graduation, email Cecile.Puretz@ucsf.edu or call 415-806-7391 as soon as possible.

Connect

Wendy Tobias, Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer

Wendy.Tobias@ucsf.edu


Cecile Puretz, Assistant Director, Disability Access and Inclusion

CecilePuretz@ucsf.edu


Office of Disability Access and Inclusion Website

Resources for Accessibility and Disability Accommodation

Faculty & Staff Assistant Program (FSAP)

Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE)