2022 Symposium on Disability and Accessibility

4.4.22 | 9am–3:30pm

2022 Symposium on Disability and Accessibility: Reimagining Space and Place

April 04, 2022 | 9am–3:30pm |


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Disability-Related Accommodations:

Live auto captions will be provided for this event. If you need additional disability-related accommodations, please contact Michelle Morgan at michelle.morgan@yale.edu. If possible, requests for sign language interpreters should be made by Thursday, March 31st, 2022 to provide sufficient time for the organizers to book services.

April 5-28 marks the 45th anniversary of the San Francisco 1977 Disability Rights Protest, a sit-in that demanded the enactment of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This was a landmark piece of legislation for people with disabilities in the United States and set the groundwork for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As we reflect on this incredible historical action, we look to our present Yale environment to ask important questions about how the campus supports and falls short for the disability community.


9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Keynote Speaker

9:30-10:15am: Navigating Academia with Disabilities Panel: This panel discussion will feature student voices from Yale's disability advocacy and activist communities. Students will share how they’ve navigated their academic lives as people with disabilities on campus. 

10:15-10:30am: Break

10:30-11:15 am: Disability Theory in Practice: Presentations by creative and activist practitioners in the disability community. 

11:15am-12:15pm: Lunch and Breakout Rooms: $20 Vouchers for the first 75 registrants will be provided via email the day of the event.**

12:15-12:30pm: Break

12:30-1:15pm: Alumni Panel: A panel discussion featuring Yale alumni, discussing their experiences on campus as students with disabilities and the work they’ve done since leaving the university. 

1:15-1:30pm: Break

1:30-2:15pm: Interdisciplinary Research at the Intersection of Disability: Presentations featuring individual researchers work in disability through the lenses of their specializations and fields.

2:15-2:30pm: Break

2:30-3:15pm: Accessibility at Yale: This panel discussion will feature accessibility specialists across campus discussing the work being done in the digital/web, academic, procurement, and social media realms. Participants should leave with a better understanding of how accessibility is integrated into the work the university does, and where to turn for future assistance.

3:15-3:30pm: Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks

**Note: All panels will be hosted on Zoom Webinar except for the lunchtime breakout rooms. 

Zoom links for the lunchtime breakout rooms will be shared via email to all registrants the morning of the event and via chat during the panel immediately preceding the lunch hour.

Participants can choose a breakout room from the options below; facilitators will be present to prompt discussion, but these are intended to be more informal discussions and opportunities for networking.

  • Student life & accessibility
  • How to be a good ally
  • Beyond accommodations at Yale
  • Open Topic


Kenya Loudd GRD '26, Ph.D. Student in the History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies

Michelle Morgan GRD '17, Digital Accessibility Specialist

Deborah Streahle GRD '22, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Science and Medicine

Emily Yankowitz '17 GRD '24, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Community Partners:

Belonging at Yale 

Diversability at Yale (DAY) 

History, Health, and Humanities (HHH) Working Group

Information Technology Services- Web Accessibility 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

Program for Biomedical Ethics 

Program for Humanities in Medicine 

The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics 

Yale Alumni Association 

Yale History Department 

Yale History Diversity Committee 

Yale History of Science and Medicine Program 

Yale Public Safety 

Yale Repertory Theatre 

Yale Schwarzman Center 

Yale University Library

Image Description: ​​Black and white photograph of protesters with signs marching in a circle in front of federal buildings in San Francisco, CA, 1977. Photo courtesy of Anthony Tusler.
Featured image: Black and white photograph of protesters with signs marching in a circle in front of federal buildings in San Francisco, CA, 1977. Photo courtesy of Anthony Tusler: dculture.org/anthony-tusler