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The Ability Exhibit Comes to Fontbonne Sept. 21

Fontbonne University will display “Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit,” Wednesday, Sept. 21, as part of the university’s 5th annual Dedicated Semester, “The Disability Experience: Quest for Empowerment.”

The exhibit will take place in the lower level of Fontbonne’s Taylor Library, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. At noon, panelists representing individuals with different disabilities will discuss “What is Disability?” in the Lewis Room, also in the lower level of the Taylor Library.

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit is a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions and awareness of disability issues. Using a multi-media approach, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators. What began as a graduate student’s project in a course grew into a sophisticated exhibit displayed on colleges campuses across the county.

The exhibit includes:

  • Twelve seven-foot banners displaying disability historical facts and statistics.

  • Twenty panels/foam board posters depicting the disability movement, celebrities with disabilities, and person-first language.

  • Interactive activities

  • “Who do you know?” pegboard on which participants indicate they know someone with a visual, hearing, mobility, psychological, learning, and/or medical disability

  • The “space rope” with which participants experience communication distance for people who are blind and have low vision 

  • “Ability IQ” computer quizzes through which participants test their knowledge about disability facts, celebrities with disabilities, and appropriate communication techniques 

  • Videos and slides about people with disabilities, disability law, and Universal Instructional Design

  • Tips for becoming an ally for inclusion.

Learn more about Allies for Inclusion: The Abilities Exhibit.

Learn more about the Fontbonne University Dedicated Semester.