Sonoma State is celebrating over 10 years of Disability Awareness. Please see the information regarding Disability Awareness Month 2019 events. We hope to see you there!


Autism Awareness on World Autism Day

Tuesday, April 2nd, 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Alexander Valley Room, Student Center
Join Sonoma State Psychology Department & Disability Services for Students as they welcome guest speaker, Matthew Gareth Harmetz UC Berkeley graduate share his experience with Autism. Matthew’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion with current Sonoma State students. Q&A to follow.

Lights, Camera, Caption

    Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in Schulz 1014

    Ready to start captioning your video content? This interactive session will show you how easy it is to caption YouTube videos.Captioning has always been important, but with technology changing, the popularity of online video, and the growth of the deaf and hard of hearing population, captioning has become more important now than ever before.

Exploring Neurodiversity

    Thursday, April 11th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Salazar 2023

    Discussion about neurodiversity-a concept that embraces individuals differences in brain function and behavioral traits as part of the normal variation of the human population. The neurodiversity movement, originally focusing on people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, emphasizes the strengths of neurodiverse people and how the world can benefit from their unique ways of thinking.  Their talents can contribute to a society’s innovation, productivity and to a world of diversity. Further discussion of how SSU can support these students will also be discussed.

Department of Rehabilitation Orientation

Friday April 12th & Tuesday, April 23rd, by appointment only

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR is offering one-on-one orientation for eligible students.

Call DSS at 707-664-2677 for more information


Career Opportunities and Services Provided to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday, April 16th from 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Stevenson 3026

An informative and inspiring panel by SSU Psychology Professor and Executive Director of Redwood Coast Regional Center, Rick Blumberg, and the Executive Director of North Bay Regional Center, Gabriel Rogin. They will discuss California's progressive service system for citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, including an overview of the activism that lead to this first in the nation entitlement to services. Additional discussion will include the exciting careers students may consider as they think about their professional development. The panel will also include the Regional Center’s Cultural Specialists who will speak about the work they do in underserved communities, and share how they came to their careers.


State of Student Veterans: Fresh Insight into the Veterans Space

Wednesday, April 17th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Bennett Valley Room, Student Center.

Please join us in viewing this Webinar by Association on Higher Education and Disability Highlights (AHEAD).  The presentation will include insights from the Student Veterans of America's 11th national conference as well as current research, statistics, trends, and planned policy changes.  


Disability & Sexuality: Every Body’s Sexy

Thursday, April 18th, 5:00 pm, HUB, Student Center

Guest speaker Shauna Farabaugh, Certified Sex Educator, will be discussing disability and sexuality.

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Students with Autism – A Growing Population

Tuesday, April 23rd, 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Ballroom C, Student Center

Join us to participate in this webinar and discussion and Q/A to follow!

The number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder is increasing each. These students are college-capable, but their disability presents some challenges to success on a college campus. College campuses can sometimes be an unfriendly or uncompassionate place for students with social and communication difficulties. Awareness coupled with compassion helps create the kind of environment that leads to success for all students, including those with autism.


Adaptive Climbing Demonstration

Wednesday April 24th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Climbing Wall, Rec Center

A demonstration of adaptive climbing gear so students with physical limitations can utilize the Rec Center’s Climbing Wall. All staff will be trained to assist with adaptive climbing so any open climbing time has a universal design for all climbers. A collaboration between the Rec Center and DSS.

DSS Senior Recognition Celebration

Thursday, April 25th, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Sonoma Valley Room, Student Center

Join Disability Services for Students in congratulating our graduating seniors and celebrating their hard work! Light refreshments will be served.


Please contact DSS if you require accommodations to attend by calling
707-664-2677 | Dial 711 for Relay or