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Spreading awareness of disability is critical because it teaches how it affects people's lives. It also helps eliminate stereotypes about disabilities and remove the stigma around mental health. Celebrity Match Game highlights people with disabilities in the celebrity spotlight. Take the Celebrity Match Game challenge. How many matches can you make?

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Neurodiversity Student Panel - Nothing About Us Without Us

Presented by Christy Giambastiani, Senior Disability Management Advisor
Tuesday, April 4th

In case you missed this presentation, you can watch the recording of the Neurodiversity Student Panel - “Nothing About Us, Without Us” discussion.

Cookie Decorating with Lexi

Presented by:  Lexi Rosenquist
Monday April 10th
Thank you to everyone who came out and a special thank you to Lexie for sharing her tips and tricks on decorating sugar cookies!

"My name is Lexie Rosenquist, I’m a junior and photo major as well as a member of DSS. I’m also a former member of the Santa Rosa JC culinary department. As an artist/baker, I love experimenting with different ingredients and techniques in the kitchen to create new dishes or add a little pizzazz to the classics. I also love teaching others all the things I’ve learned from school and in my own kitchen. I’m excited to be participating in this event and I hope to see many students join us to decorate some cookies!"

The Peanut Butter Falcon Movie Night

Hosted by Associated Students, JUMP
Wednesday, April 12th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bennett Valley Room, Student Center

Thank you JUMP for hosting the 2019 film the Peanut Butter Falcon. "After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro-wrestler, a man who has Down Syndrome befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally." Rotten Tomatoes.  For questions, please contact

Guest Speaker Panel ft. Special Olympics NorCal

Hosted by Associated Students, JUMP
Thursday, April 13th
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Alexander Valley Room, Student Center

Thank you JUMP for hosting the Special Olympics of Northern California program and how you can get involved!  For questions, please contact

Reading Hacks: Catch up on class readings

Presented by:  Noelia Franzen, Senior Accessibility Coordinator
Friday, April 14th
Noon - 1:30 pm
Location:  Schulz 1014 Computer Lab
This event was not recorded

Audience: All SSU students

  • Convert class readings to audio playback (text-to speech)
  • Create study sheets on Google Docs by highlighting class readings online
  • Explore eBooks (epub format)
  • 30-minute open-lab at the end to setup Chrome extensions (reading tools) on your computer

*Recommend bringing your own computer, however computers are available in the event lab. Contact Noelia Franzen for further details, email

Disabilities and Grad School

Presented by Sydney Johnston, Disability Management Advisor
Friday, April 14th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How to navigate grad school search and applications for students with disabilities. Thank you to all who attended!

Volunteer Opportunity - Special Olympics Basketball Clinic

Hosted by Associated Students, JUMP
Friday, April 15th
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Everest Gym, Rec Center
Thank you JUMP for hosting the Special Olympics basketball clinic helping athletes of all abilities to success.  To participate please register on Involve. For questions or accommodations, please contact

3rd Annual DSS Fireside Chat

Presented by Michael Eynon, DSS Testing Center Coordinator
Wednesday April 26th 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

A Zoom fireside chat featuring students with disabilities form DSS. Learn about what it is like to be a DSS Student at SSU as multiple students from different backgrounds discuss their experiences.  Thank you to all who participated!



DSS Student Senior Recognition

Thursday, April 27th from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Hosted by Disability Services for Students
Student Center, third floor, Overlook

Congratulations class of 2023!  Best wishes for your next adventure! If you need additional information regarding the DSS Student Senior Recognition or if accommodation is needed, please please contact the DSS office 707-664-2677.

Neurodiversity - The Next Horizon in Social Justice”

Presented by Christy Giambastiani, DSS Senior Disability Management Advisor
Monday, May 1st at 1PM
Darwin Hall 107
This event was not recorded

The Neurodiversity movement looks at the diversity of all people including people with differences in brain function and behavioral traits (autism, ADHD etc) as another form of human variation like ethnicity, race, gender etc. People with a neurodiverse profile can have significant challenges but also strengths and talents that can increase innovation and productivity of not only a college campus, but our society as a whole. This presentation will discuss the concept of neurodiversity and help to educate our campus community to support this ever-growing population through education about unique needs, implementation of Universal Design for Learning principles and practical strategies to help foster a positive and inclusive campus environment.   If accommodation is needed, please contact the DSS office 707-664-2677.