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April 15-23, 2023

WKU Neurodiversity Awareness Week


You are invited to participate in WKU’s first annual Neurodiversity Awareness Week

April 15-23, 2023

Join us as we strive to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities. 


Saturday, April 15

LifeSkills Run for Autism

8:00 AM

Race Starting Location: Bowling Green Ballpark  | 300 8th Ave.

Join us for the 16thannual LifeSkills Run for Autism! There will be a four-mile run, a one-mile children’s run, and a one-mile family fun run/walk.

Learn More & Register

Saturday, April 15

In a Different Key Screening & Panel

2:00 PM

The Capital | 416 E. Main Ave.

In a Different Key, presented by Boston public media institution GBH, centers on co-director and journalist Caren Zucker’s search for the first-ever child diagnosed with autism, Donald Triplett. The film will trace the growing friendship between the Mississippi-based Triplett and Zucker, who has an autistic son, as she grapples with the future for her child once she is gone. 

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Monday, April 17

Deej Screening & Panel

5:00 - 6:30 PM

DSU Auditorium

Abandoned by his birth parents, DJ Savarese finds a loving family which helps him learn to communicate. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he advocates on behalf of non-speaking autistic people. 

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Tuesday, April 18

Changing the Culture: Supporting Neurodiverse Faculty and Staff

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SGA Senate Chambers (DSU 2081) or Zoom

Faculty/Staff Event

CITL Workshop with panelists Hendrix Brakefield, Dr. Michelle Elkins-Burckhard & Dr. Matthew Condo, moderated by Drs. Kate Horigan and Mariah Yates.

Registration Required.

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Tuesday, April 18

Intersections of Section 504, ADA, and Title IX: The Legal Landscape and Accommodation Process for Students and Employees

1:30 - 3:00 PM

SGA Senate Chambers (DSU 2081) or Zoom Meeting ID: 973 0104 5016

Faculty/Staff Event

Panelists Dr. Peggy Crowe, Matt Davis, Ena Demir & Joshua Hayes.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://wku.zoom.us/j/97301045016

Wednesday, April 19

Poetry Reading from Swoon: Selected Readings by DJ Savarese

4:30 - 6:00 PM

In-Person & Zoom

In-Person: 104 Alumni Ave., Clinical Education Complex at WKU. Parking: Adams Street Lot 

Zoom Option: ID: 997-4568-0909

David James “DJ” Savarese is an artful activist, multi-genre writer, teacher, advocate and practicing optimist. A 2022-23 Iowa Arts Fellow and Zoeglossia Fellow, he is the author of Swoon (2022). A public scholar, DJ teaches and presents nationally on a range of topics, including the NEH-sponsored talk on “Disrupting Ableism Through Artful Activism.” 

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Thursday, April 20

Adaptive Sports Day

1:00-3:00 PM

Diddle Arena, main floor

Hosted by Bowling Green Parks and Recreations and Cameron Levis.

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Thursday, April 20

Home is Where Your Park is

4:30-5:30 PM

CEBS Student Success Center

WKU alumnus and adjunct professor will discuss the importance of inclusive parks in communities and schools and how you can support their development.

Saturday, April 22

PossAbilities Expo

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Knicely Conference Center | 2355 Nashville Rd. 

The PossAbilities Expo (Formerly known as the Special Needs Expo) celebrates people with disabilities and the resources in our community.  It is a chance for individuals and families with disabilities in the BRADD area (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren counties) and BEYOND to experience a day of fun, excitement, and learning.

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Questions regarding the week’s activities may be directed to Michael Crowe, Co-Chief Diversity Officer, michael.crowe@wku.edu.

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 Last Modified 4/13/23