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This year we’re introducing a new initiative to coincide with the Accessible Learning Conference called “A11y Week,” where we’ll highlight activities related to accessibility and disability happening around campus and in the local community. A number of partners have already expressed interest in participating and will be designing an engaging activity or event centered on accessibility and disability work throughout the week of the conference.

From community feedback and recording sessions, to sensory-friendly shows and displays, A11y Week is a unique opportunity to not only represent the great work that people in the community are doing around accessibility, but also marks an important moment in accessibility work at MSU, as we commit to further collaborations with community partners for a more accessible future.

We will be continuing to update the A11y Week Schedule as we finalize each event, so check back often for updates!

A11y Week Schedule

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Accessible Art Event

Join us as we unite students and faculty from across Michigan State University to reimagine the art museum as an inclusive space. Come experience a new addition to our accessible art as well as artwork from last year’s Sense of Self: Accessible Art Symposium. The event is open to the public. Join us from 9am – 5pm in the Wells Hall Atrium – Second Floor B-Wing.

Museum Accessibility Hack

Participate in the “Museum Accessibility Hack” at the MSU Museum on Monday, 12/3/18 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Enjoy the science and culture exhibits while helping us create a multi-use archive of all the printed text in the MSU Museum. The end product will be used to increase museum accessibility by allowing translation into different languages, development of audio text, and more. Please bring your laptop or tablet with a keyboard function. Email museumed@msu.edu to RSVP by 11/30/18. Light refreshments will be served. See you at the Museum!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Accessible Art Event

Join us as we unite students and faculty from across Michigan State University to reimagine the art museum as an inclusive space. Come experience a new addition to our accessible art as well as artwork from last year’s Sense of Self: Accessible Art Symposium. The event is open to the public. Join us from 9am – 5pm in the Wells Hall Atrium – Second Floor B-Wing.

360 Presentation

360 Cameras are becoming more accessible both in terms of price and size. We have been using the cameras to create virtual tours of various places to make the spaces more accessible in general. Most of our tours so far have focuses on places where admittance is restricted such as National Laboratories or private homes. However, there are also possibilities for using this technology for making these places more accessible in general. Come check our existing virtual tours and participate in a discussion of how this could be used to make more places more accessible at the Abrams Planetarium 755 Science Rd East Lansing, MI 48824 from 3-4pm.

Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

The Abrams planetarium started doing sensory friendly versions of our public shows a year and a half ago. We run the same shows as during our regular hours, but with the sound down and the lights up. We relax our policies regarding reentering the theater and set up a chill out zone in our lobby. We also offer a break between our pre-recorded show and our live star talk and a warning before our very intense mobius loop, many affectionately call the spinning roller coaster. We aim to offer everything we would during a regular show, but with more sensory accommodations. We will be running a sensory friendly version of our show Sky Tellers: North Star and Meteors. Listen to stories of the stars told by Native American Master Storytellers. In this show, you will hear two stories. “Why the North Star Stands Still” retold by Lynn Moroney (Chickasaw) and “Coyote and the Dancing Stars” retold by Lynn Moroney (Chickasaw). This show will be at the Abrams Planetarium 755 Science Rd East Lansing, MI 48824 from 7-8pm.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Open Co-Work (DSL): Accessibility

Digital Scholarship Co-Works are opportunities for meeting and working alongside colleagues and fellow practitioners of digital scholarship. This co-work is devoted to issues of accessibility, in conjunction with the Accessible Learning Conference and Accessibility Week. For more information, please see the event page. This Co-Work will be held at the Digital Humanities at MSU [Main Library, Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor, West), 366 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824 United States] from 9am-1pm.

Accessible Art Event

Join us as we unite students and faculty from across Michigan State University to reimagine the art museum as an inclusive space. Come experience a new addition to our accessible art as well as artwork from last year’s Sense of Self: Accessible Art Symposium. The event is open to the public. Join us from 9am – 5pm in the Wells Hall Atrium – Second Floor B-Wing.

Game Studies Guild Special Let’s Play Event: Accessibility & Gaming

Join us for a critical let’s play where we will play various games on Nintendo Switch, and discuss how well or poorly each one accommodates different accessibility needs. We will have Microsoft Adaptive Controllers available, and will touch on games from the fighting, FPS, RPG, and platformer genres such as Skullgirls, Fortnite, Celeste. The Game Studies Guild reads articles, plays video games, and meets to discuss Issues in and around game development and gaming communities. The first meeting of each month is a literature discussion on the chosen game or theme, and the second is a live Let’s Play, where scholars and players (and the occasional celebrity guest!) demonstrate play, and hash the issues out in real time. Information Is available at llbguldes.llb.msu.edu/gsg. All events are held in the MSU Main Library. Join us at 6:30 pm in the Digital Scholarship Lab.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Accessible Learning Conference

Accessibility isn’t about policies, quotas, or software integrations. Accessibility is about human rights and social justice. Respect and access in all aspects of our society, including political, recreational, economic, civil, and educational.

As educators and practitioners in the educational sphere, we must think about accessibility as an issue of access and inclusion, and about creating equitable experiences for all learners. This year, the Accessible Learning Conference (ALC) explores accessibility (a11y) as a social justice issue. We invite you to join us in the Kellogg Center at MSU, not only to discuss the importance of this theme, but to create practical, effective solutions that you can use in your work and scholarship after the conference ends.

Accessible Art Event

Join us as we unite students and faculty from across Michigan State University to reimagine the art museum as an inclusive space. Come experience a new addition to our accessible art as well as artwork from last year’s Sense of Self: Accessible Art Symposium. The event is open to the public. Join us from 9am – 5pm in the Wells Hall Atrium – Second Floor B-Wing.

Access the 4-H Children’s Gardens

Explore ways that everyone can access the 4-H Children’s Gardens and specific steps we are taking to make the garden and our activities accessible to everyone.  Discover our new Garden Rx program and how it works. Bring your best ideas on how to make the 4-H Children’s Gardens even more accessible and lets figure how to make that happen.  We will wrap things up by sending a piece of our garden home with you.

Enjoy our displays of poinsettias and our 16′ poinsettia tree under the evening lights at the Plant and Soil Science Building from 5-7 p.m.  Bring your camera and the kids. Santa will arrive in his sleigh at 5:30pm. MSU poinsettias, centerpieces and wreaths will be for sale. Enjoy some holiday refreshments. It’s all FREE!

Horticulture Gardens Open House

Enjoy our displays of poinsettias and our 16′ poinsettia tree under the evening lights at the Plant and Soil Science Building from 5-7 p.m.  Bring your camera and the kids. Santa will arrive in his sleigh at 5:30pm. MSU poinsettias, centerpieces and wreaths will be for sale.  Enjoy some holiday refreshments. It’s all FREE!

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Accessible Learning Conference

Accessibility isn’t about policies, quotas, or software integrations. Accessibility is about human rights and social justice. Respect and access in all aspects of our society, including political, recreational, economic, civil, and educational.

As educators and practitioners in the educational sphere, we must think about accessibility as an issue of access and inclusion, and about creating equitable experiences for all learners. This year, the Accessible Learning Conference (ALC) explores accessibility (a11y) as a social justice issue. We invite you to join us in the Kellogg Center at MSU, not only to discuss the importance of this theme, but to create practical, effective solutions that you can use in your work and scholarship after the conference ends.

Accessible Art Event

Join us as we unite students and faculty from across Michigan State University to reimagine the art museum as an inclusive space. Come experience a new addition to our accessible art as well as artwork from last year’s Sense of Self: Accessible Art Symposium. The event is open to the public. Join us from 9am – 5pm in the Wells Hall Atrium – Second Floor B-Wing.

If you are interested in adding your event to this list, please contact Kate Sonka (ksonka@msu.edu).

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