Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. Since adults and children with disabilities represent approximately 25% of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us at Ball State.

Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials that are available free of charge to Hoosiers who want to help make a difference.

Disability Services and the Alliance for Disability Awareness, along with other cosponsors, coordinate events and programs to bring attention to disability issues.


The March 2023 lineup of events includes:


Disability Services Tabling: 

We will be tabling in the Student Center Tally on the following days from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop by for free posters, stickers, and other promotional materials!

  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Thursday, March 2
  • Tuesday, March 14
  • Thursday, March 16
  • Tuesday, March 21
  • Thursday, March 23
  • Tuesday, March 28


Virtual Art Gallery

Available all month long! | bit.ly/DisabilityArtBSU

Online Art Gallery, curated by Disability Services, to highlight Artists with Disabilities Worldwide.  


Self Advocacy Workshop

Wednesday, March 1 | 3:30 p.m. | Student Center Forum Room

Join Disability Services for this workshop on building self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. We will be focusing on various skills and knowledge that may help students become better advocates for themselves, their needs, and their accommodations. 


Inclusive and Accessible Teaching: Learning from Disability Services

Tuesday, March 14 | 10 a.m. | Student Center Forum Room Reserved for faculty/staff, and requires pre-registration. Sign up here: bit.ly/bsuaccesspd

  • Hosted by Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of Disability Services 


Wheelchair Basketball

Tuesday, March 14 | 7 p.m. | Rec Center Court 4

Get your friends together and play wheelchair basketball! Sport chairs will be provided. No experience necessary.

  • Hosted by Alliance for Disability Awareness



ADA Open House

Wednesday, March 15 | 6 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom

Open house for DS-related student organizations & campus resources.

  • Hosted by Alliance for Disability Awareness in Collaboration with multiple campus partners


The Intersections of Disability & Reproductive Justice

Monday, March 20 | 1 p.m. | Cardinal Hall A

Dr. Courtney Jarrett and Betsy Kiel will discuss the histories, intersections, and impacts of the Disability and Reproductive Justice movements.

  • Presenters: Dr. Courtney Jarrett, Director, Disability Services & Betsy Kiel, M.A., Assistant Director for Outreach, Disability Services
  • In collaboration with Women’s Week, hosted by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program



Excellence in Leadership Speaker Series: Emily Ladau

Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Pruis Hall

Emily Ladau, an internationally renowned disability rights activist, speaker, and writer, will be visiting Ball State's campus for the Excellence In Leadership speaker series. She will be sharing her journey to becoming a disability rights activist and share insight and advice to current students on how to further their activism.

  • Presented by Excellent in Leadership, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Disability Services


Mental Health and Disability

Thursday, March 23 | 7 p.m. | Student Center MPR (Room L-28)

Join Health Promotion and Advocacy for an event on healthy habits for mental health and disability. After a short presentation, there will be open time for a discussion on campus resources as well!

  • Presented by Health Promotion and Advocacy


Wheelchair Basketball

Tuesday, March 28 | 7 p.m. | Rec Center Court 4

Get your friends together and play wheelchair basketball! Sport chairs will be provided. No experience necessary.

  • Hosted by Alliance for Disability Awareness


Love, Sex and Disability

Wednesday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | SC Forum Room

Join Health and Wellness Coordinator, Destiny Cherry, to learn more about the ablest history of sex education, discuss bodily autonomy, and explore the sexual health resources and services on campus and in the community.

  • Presented by Health Promotion and Advocacy


If you need an accommodation to fully participate in any of these events, please contact Disability Services at dsd@bsu.edu or 765-285-5293.