Ability Awareness Week

25th Anniversary of Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Ability Awareness Week; October 5 – 9, 2015

Opening Session; Monday, October 5th, 8:30 – 11 am, Tomas Rivera Conference Center (TRCC)

  • Welcoming Reception; 8:30 – 9 am
  • White House Proclamation; Hector Vidal, Walgreens
  • Keynote Presentation; History of the ADA by Denette R. Vaughn,

Senior Attorney; Disability Rights – Texas

  • Presentation of DARS and CASS Recognition Awards
  • Closing Comments- President Natalicio

Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition; Monday, October 5th, 6 – 8 pm, Memorial Gymnasium

  • Invitational wheelchair basketball game
  • The El Paso “Air Wheelers” and the Las Cruces “Rollers”
  • Food is available on site; Admission is free

Educational Seminars; Tuesday, October 6th, 9:00 – 2:30 pm, UTEP Union East Acacia 102

  • Sensitivity Training 101: A Walk in their Shoes; 9:00 – 10:45 am; Hector Flores, ASL Services Manager & Isaac Valencia ‘13
  • Service Animals: Don’t Step on my Paws; 11:00 – 11:45 am; Isaac Valencia ’13 & Alejandro Garcia, student
  • Invisible No More; 1:30 – 2:30 pm; Angie Moreno, Asst. Director, Student Engagement and Leadership Center & Emily Martinez, Inclusion and Advocacy Intern

Resource Fair; Wednesday, October 7th, 10 am – 2 pm, Centennial Plaza, Subject to change.

  • Health and disability-related vendor and service provider exhibition
  • Career fair of employers that are invested in hiring people with disabilities
  • Disability-related sports clinic and demonstrations

Wisdom Wednesday “Responding to Students’ Hidden (Dis)abilities”; Wednesday, October 7th, 12 pm – 1 pm, UGLC 306

  • Special CETaL faculty session on ADA accommodations and hidden disabilities


Educational Seminars; Thursday, October 8th, UTEP Union East Templeton Suite

  • Do you see what I see: Photovoice Reflections and Resolutions; 9:00 – 10:30 am; Dr. Neelam Agarwal, Assistant Director, The Center for Accommodations and Support Services.
  • Mental Illness on College Campuses: Stigma and How to Erase It?; 10:45-11:45 am; Prof. Kristin Kosyluk, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling , College of Health Sciences.
  • In Our Own Voice: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health; 1:30 – 3:00 PM Our Own Voice; Denise Uga, MBA, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – El Paso

Technology Support Center Open House, Thursday, October 8, 9am to 1pm, Library 300

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium; Friday, October 9th, Noon – 5 pm; TRCC

  • Conference theme; How UTEP Students’ Actions are Improving Lives
  • Focus on advancements in general health promotion and service to the disability community.
  • Topics include outreach to people with disabilities, projects reducing stigma & promoting inclusion and other unique contributions.
  • Keynote presentations and recognition for leaders and advocates in the field

How Faculty can help:


CASS Opportunity and Challenge Award (COCA)

Criteria for each award:








Nomination Form