Disability Services Programs and Events
Disability inclusivity isn’t solely related to academic accommodations. Co-curricular activities are an important part of what we do, promoting access and student voice. Have something you’d like to see or do? Let us know!
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Monday, April 10
Non-visual Visualizations: Making Accessible Data Visualizations in R
Room 309, DeWitt Wallace Library
Lunch provided by Serie Center
Presenter, Lauren Milne
At the beginning of the pandemic, data visualizations such as the CDC’s “Flatten the Curve” graphic and the COVID dashboards on government and media websites became increasingly important tools for people to understand the pandemic and make informed choices about their safety. However, those (and most other data visualizations) are completely inaccessible for someone who is blind. In this talk, I will cover how to make accessible data visualizations, from alt text to sonification, using the Highcharter package in the R programming language. I will present the (freely available) module I created for my Introduction to Data Science class on creating accessible visualizations in R and talk about other efforts to bring accessibility into my curriculum.
Sharing the Lived Experience of Disability
Harmon Room, DeWitt Wallace Library
Join students, staff and faculty as they share their lived experiences of having a disability at Macalester.
Tuesday, April 11
Screening: A Rolling Stone
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Sponsored by BIPOC Diaspora Disability Identity Collective
Wednesday, April 12
Disability Studies at Mac
Room 200, Theater and Dance Building
Presented by Ashton Rose
Idea Lab: Button Making, Bookmarks,Collages, and a Lego Building Competition
Idea Lab, DeWitt Wallace Library
Thursday, April 13
Move Me Documentary and Q&A with Kelsey Peterson
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, Weyerhaeuser Hall
Screening of Kelsey Peterson’s award-winning documentary Move Me, followed by a Q&A with Peterson.
At 27, Kelsey Peterson (the film’s co-director) dove into Lake Superior, and emerged paralyzed. Now, the former dancer faces an opportunity to dance again while grappling with a decision to participate in a cutting-edge clinical trial, forcing her to confront hope and acceptance; body and spirit.
This event is sponsored by Disability Services; the Lealtad-Suzuki Center for Social Justice; and the departments of English, Media and Cultural Studies, Neuroscience, Psychology, Theater & Dance, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.