February 1, 2020 at 8:15 pm

Annual Accessible OHIO Week, Feb. 16-20

Haben Girma, portrait

Haben Girma

The annual Accessible OHIO Week begins Feb. 16, 2020. Accessible OHIO is a week-long event focused on dismantling barriers.

The keynote speech for Accessible OHIO will be given by Haben Girma, Esq., the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School.

Girma is an advocate for equal rights and opportunity for people with disabilities, and has received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and earned a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30. Girma was named a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, and has been additionally honored by President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Girma travels the world teaching the benefits of choosing inclusion.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Sunday, Feb. 16:
    • Silent Game Night at Casa Nueva – 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17:
    • Talk about Accessibility at the top of Baker Center – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Open caption movies at the Athena Cinema – all day
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18:
    • Mental Health: Myths, Facts and Lived Experiences at Baker Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    • Ohio University Sparkles, the OHIO Inclusive Cheer Team, performs at the OHIO Men’s Basketball Game – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: Community Art Night at Passion Works – 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20: Keynote Speech by Haben Girma at Walter Rotunda – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21: Accessibility Walk, by invite only
  • Saturday, Feb. 22: OHIO Late Nights, featuring pizza, snacks and sensory themed activities at Jefferson Hall – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

To require accommodations to attend any of these events, please email no later than Feb. 10.

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