Opening Event: October 2, 5:30-7:30 P.M., Living Learning Gallery
Kick-Off and Art Show Opening Reception - "Do You See What I See?"
Photography by Heidi Pfau
"Do You See What I See?" offers a glimpse into the world of ability
by sharing snapshots of an individual journey. Through the use of
photography, Heidi Pfau invites viewers to consider the lens through
which they see the world perhaps bringing into focus previously
unexamined assumptions. The show will be held at the Living &
Learning Gallery from October 2-26. An opening is scheduled for Oct.
2 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The photographs are audio described for people
who are blind or visually impaired.
October 3rd Noon-1:30pm Grace Coolidge, Waterman 501
A Video Guide to (Dis)Ability Awareness
Former President Bill Clinton opens and concludes this informative,
26 minute video on (Dis)Ability Awareness. It is an excellent
orientation to the human side of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This event is being sponsored by Center for Cultural Pluralism and is
part of their Fall 2006 Film Series. It is being advertised by Deaf
and Disability Awareness Month.
October 3rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
FILM: The Collector of Bedford Street
The Collector of Bedford Street is a short documentary, nominated for
an Academy Award, that follows Larry Selman, the filmmaker's 60
year-old neighbor. A community activist and fundraiser with
developmental disabilities, Larry raises thousands of dollars for
charity every year while he lives at the poverty level. Because of
Larry's 20 years of service to his neighborhood, the community
created a supplemental need adult trust fund for him. This was the
first time that a group, rather than an individual's family did this.
The film humanizes the story behind the abstract statistics of mental
retardation, revealing how a community builds tolerance and
34 minutes, captioned
October 5th , 12th , 19th , 26th and ongoing Thursdays throughout the
semester, 12-1:00pm, ACCESS, ATL (A-162, Living/Learning)
These lunches are get-togethers for anyone who signs or has a hearing
loss (or not)! We just sit and chat in ASL. An interpreter can be
made available if you do not know sign language. Come and meet your
October 5th and 19th , 4-6pm, 3 Needs, College Street, Burlington
Deaf Happy Hour
Deaf Happy Hour (DHH) is a group of deaf people that come together at
'3 Needs' bar on College Street in Burlington to socialize. Our core
focus for Deaf Happy Hour is to bring the deaf community together for
the purpose of networking, socializing and most importantly, having
fun. We encourage people from all walks of life, whether you're deaf,
hard-of-hearing or hearing, to come and join our next DHH event which
fall on the first and third Thursday of every month. The soda is free
and the beer is $1 from 4-6pm. Our events are purely for
entertainment value, so just come out to DHH and have yourself a
Note: Must be 21 years old or older.
This event is being sponsored by an independent group . It is being
advertised by Deaf and Disability Awareness Month.
October 5th , ASL Interpreted; October 6th , Voice Described; Royall
Tyler Theatre, 116 University Place
You have been asking for Steve Martin and we oblige opening our
2006-2007 Season with his much requested adaptation of The Underpants
directed by Sarah E. Carleton. Over time society's standards of
decency may have "mellowed" and tolerance of exposed skin has
unquestionably increased but one particular line is still drawn: It
is just bad taste to let one's knickers fall down in public! A young
house wife at the turn of the century Germany is waving to the king
during a parade when she becomes a victim of a wayward undergarment.
Although the offending underpants rest at her ankles for only a few
seconds it witnessed by many including her priggish husband
predicting the ruin of his political career as well as a gentleman
poet and a nebbish barber hoping to become her tenant. An adaptation
of the 1910 comedy "Die Hose" by satirist Carl Sternheim "Underpants"
fortifies its scenes with commentary on the working class, gender
roles, the power of fame and anti-Semitism.
This event is being sponsored by The UVM Department of Theatre and is
part of their 2006-2007 Performances. It is being advertised by Deaf
and Disability Awareness Month.
October 9th, 3pm, Apse, Billings
Our culture is deeply invested in "curing" persons with disabilities.
Examples of this are the annual Jerry Lewis Telathon seeking a cure
for Muscular Dystrophy and the tremendous popularity of cochlear
implants for infants born with hearing loss. For years we have seen
dramatic descriptions of spinal cord injury recovery in mice and we
have seen reports on bionic eye procedures bringing sight to _persons
with visual impairment. The desire to mold every human being into a
perfect specimen is considered a natural goal. __Implicit in this
search for cures is a larger sense in our cultures that persons with
disabilities are imperfect, or that they are somehow defective. The
assumption is that of course all persons with disabilities desire a
cure. In fact, the issue is far more complex. Many persons with
disabilities consider the passion for finding a cure as a form of
eugenics or at least as a signal that they are not complete human
beings just as they are. For a person with a disability, engineering
human beings towards an ideal standard can feel more like oppression
by the dominant culture than liberation from a disability. __The goal
of this event is to lay out the varying perspectives on this issue
and to challenge and explore cultural assumptions. No preparation is
expected, however, persons wishing to consider some of the issues
previous to the event may wish to watch the video Birds of a Feather
and to read or listen to the transcript of the National Public Radio
program The Infinite Mind which aired on December 9, 2005. Birds of
a Feather is an ancient folk tale describing efforts to make a child
conform to expectations. In this version it is told in American Sign
Language. The Infinite Mind program describes a brain implant that
allows a man who is quadriplegic to move his arms.
October 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
Join disabled athlete and activist Patrick Standen to watch the
award-winning documentary about Quad rugby, MURDERBALL. The film
follows the U.S. National team in their quest for gold at the 2004
Paralympic Games in Athens. After the film, Mr. Standen will lead a
discussion about disabled sports. Patrick Standen is the President of
the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, NDAA, a not-for profit
organization that provides people with physical disabilities the
opportunity to pursue competitive sports. He is a US Sailing
Coach/Instructor, Marathon participant, triathlete and sled hockey
player with nearly 30 years of experience as a disabled athlete.
October 13th, 12:00pm, 427A Waterman Building
The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Noontime Opportunity for
Information and Discussion
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified
individuals with disabilities as they seek employment and while they
are working. Lucy Singer, Senior Associate General Counsel at UVM,
and Leslie Parr, ADA Liaison, will take a look at this law focusing
especially on the responsibilities supervisors have in interviewing,
hiring, interactive discussion and reasonable accommodation. Bring
your questions and concerns _for this noontime discussion .
October 14th, 1-5pm, CC Theatre, Billings
Deaf Film Festival
We are honored to present Vermont's very first Deaf Film Festival at
the University of Vermont on Saturday, October 14 th at 1pm at the
Campus Center Theatre. As part of Deaf and Disability Awareness
Month, the Deaf Film Festival will present full length features,
student films, documentaries and animation shorts, which address the
Deaf experience and/or visual aesthetics of Deaf filmmakers. A short
discussion will follow. Voice interpreters will be provided so that
this event is accessible to everyone. Admission is free.
October 17th, 4-5:30pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
Advocacy for Adults with Hidden Disabilities: Applying Useful
Educational Strategies to Career, Social and Personal Life
This 1 _ hour workshop will examine how to successfully manage being
an adult with a "hidden" disability. We will focus on three hidden
disabilities: Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia,
and Non-Verbal Learning Disability. Workshop participants will leave
this workshop with knowledge of the tools necessary for adults with
"hidden disabilities" to successfully advocate for and receive
accommodations in their life pursuits. __Participants should come to
this workshop prepared to discuss how the knowledge and strategies
that are successful in educational settings can be applied to adult
systems (such as employment and relationships). In addition, we will
look at the needs of adults with hidden disabilities to inform how
educational settings could better prepare adolescents and young
adults for their experiences in adulthood. __The workshop presenters
include a clinical psychologist, and two professional educators. The
presenters bring their experiences as parents of, teachers of,
friends of, and adults who have learned to successfully manage
The first half (45 minutes) of this workshop will consist of short
presentations from each speaker. These presentations will present the
current issues for adults with hidden disabilities and how these
impact success in adulthood. Each speaker will pose a set of
questions to be discussed in the workshop. The second half of the
workshop will be a facilitated discussion focusing on the successes
seen in the educational system and how these lessons can be applied
to adult life challenges.
October 18th, 9am - 12pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day is a large-scale, broad-based effort
designed to promote career development for students and other job
seekers with disabilities (mentees) through hands-on career
exploration, job shadowing, and internship or employment
opportunities, and matching of mentee/mentor relationships.
Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st Century,
will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 as the official
kick-off for a year-round effort. Join us for breakfast, welcoming
remarks, and an opportunity to be a vocational mentor. Included in
the program is a performance of "Bill's Bill."
VSA-Arts: Awareness Theater Company performance of "Bill's Bill"
October 18, 2006
Memorial Lounge, Waterman, 10:00-11:00
VSA Arts of Vermont presents the Awareness Theater Company in "Bill's
Bill And Other Stories of How We Got Here: Our History of Special
Education in Vermont." Awareness Theater Company performances,
showcasing the buoyant talents of adults with developmental
disabilities, are known throughout Vermont for lively humor, bright
sets featuring artwork by the performers, and spirited live music and
dance. Central to this performance is the real life tale of how a
boy named Bill showed up at the Vermont legislature to help change
the way special education works today. "Bill's Bill" includes scenes
from the lives of Bill, played by himself, a brave mother who said no
to institutionalization, a beloved teacher from the beginnings of
special ed in Vermont, a nun who answered her students' pleas, and a
determined woman who ran for the state legislature and went on to
champion "Bill's Bill."
October 19th, 7-9pm, L/L Fireplace Lounge
ASL Open Mic Night @ Rhythm and Brews
Join us in an evening of ASL poetry and storytelling at the Fireplace
Lounge of Living/Learning Center at the University of Vermont. ASL
students, interpreters, ASL pros, die-hards, and anyone who can sign
are encouraged to come on stage and give it a try! Those who do not
know ASL or are not comfortable with signing in front of an audience
can join us by being our audience members to witness ASL storytelling
and Poetry in Motion. Guests are asked to bring their own mug in
order to partake in Rhythm and Brews' FREE coffee, tea and hot
chocolate. Voice interpreters will be provided so that this event is
accessible to everyone. Admission is free. __-Spoken language travels
at the speed of sound; sign language travels at the speed of light.
Robert W. Arnold
October 26th, 10am-4pm, Fireplace Lounge, Living Learning Center
Experience First Hand the Technology Available for Everyday Life
More descriptions coming soon!
October 27, 8pm, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts ASL-interpreted
Mary Zimmerman's Tony-winning adaptation of Greek and Roman myths,
set in and around an on-stage pool is visually enthralling , deeply
moving and unexpectedly funny . In this production by the acclaimed
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, characters like Midas, Orpheus,
Eurydice, Apollo, and Aphrodite come alive in present-day contexts,
illustrating the power of love and the many forms it can take.
"A gift from the gods!" Wall Street Journal
Interpreters are Christopher Robinson , Aimee Schiffman and Tom
Bourque . Tom is Deaf and a student at Boston University; Aimee and
Chris are experienced interpreters who specialize in theatre. All
three have interpreted a number of shows for the Weston Playhouse.
A special _ price group rate is available to Deaf patrons (and a
companion) for this performance. Please note that this rate is solely
for Deaf patrons and their companions for this ASL-interpreted
performance of METAMORPHOSES. A block of tickets is being held for
Deaf patrons, however tickets must be purchased by Friday, October 20
th . After that date, those tickets will be released for sale to the
An informal reception hosted by the Greater Burlington Deaf Club will
follow the show.
This event is being sponsored by The Flynn Center for the Performing
Arts and is part of their 2006-2007 Performances. It is being
advertised by Deaf and Disability Awareness Month.
October 28 th 10am - 9pm, Brattleboro
Vermont Expo for the Deaf, HoH, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind __Come
enjoy booths, workshops, dinner and a performance by Alexander, King
of Jesters (www.alexthejester.com) at the upcoming VT Expo for the
Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind. __The Expo will
be happening on Saturday, October 28 from 10am until 9pm. If you are
interested in going and want a registration flyer, please contact
Will at [log in to unmask] or Missy Boothroyd at
[log in to unmask] . We will gladly mail you a registration flyer.
__This event is being sponsored by an independent group . It is being
advertised by Deaf and Disability Awareness Month.
Bryan Dague, Ed.D.
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757
Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (802) 656-1345
Fax: (802) 656-1357
TTY: (802) 656-8499