Title slide pictured Miami University's Disability Cultural Space presented by Dane Darko, Coordinator, Miller Center for Student Disability Services.
Hello and welcome to Miami University located in Oxford, Ohio. My name is Dan Darko, and I'm a coordinator and our Miller Center for Student Disability Services, which features a Disability Cultural Space. We can begin our tour here in our elevator in Travers Center as it is our main access point. This elevator features unique access features for individuals of all abilities to access our space utilizing push buttons at the height of wheelchair joysticks as well as on the ground for individuals who utilize various mobility devices. We will now transition into our Disability Cultural Space in our Miller Center to view the features that this space has.
Video of Dan going down the hallway in the power wheelchair next to a service dog.
Virtual Tour. Pictured in our lounge is a TV with a shelving unit around it holding multimedia items. Hanging our left we see paintings on the wall with furniture around it including two chairs and a couch. Moving on we have a technology key which we will discuss later and tables and chairs in our waiting area. Featured is a ceramic art piece created by a blind individual of hands holding playing cards. Pictured now on the screen is a poster of an event that our Students with Disabilities Advisory Council sponsored bringing part of hearing comedian DJ Demos to campus. The last painting we will feature is an abstract piece completed by a 14 year old Hard of Hearing boy. The painting is titled Communication Breakdown. It is an abstract piece with orange, yellow, black, green, and red on the canvas. Inside the canvas, there is a call out at the top right that says, "We can't hear you. Please repeat." In addition, there is a about the drawing written on the panting that says, "Being deaf or hard of hearing is like when you use a radio and can't connect with the other person. Meaning there are always times every day when you cannot understand others advantages/disadvantages. Hard for everyone." Ian Lex.
We are now located in our Miller Center for Student Disability Services, which houses our Disability Cultural Space. A Disability Cultural Center, in my opinion, is a space for students with disabilities to be authentic to who they are, a space to enjoy, relax, and celebrate disability culture. Our space also is used by students without disabilities to learn about disability, disability identity, and sharing disability culture. Our Disability Cultural Space located within the Miller Center is fairly new. The Miller Center for Student Disability Services was dedicated in September of 2018. J. Scott and Susan McDonald Miller donated a significant amount of money in order to support students with disabilities on Miami's campus. Previously, students within the disability studies minor here at Miami University proposed a Disability Cultural Center. The timing of this coincided well with the Miller's donation to Miami University in calling at the Miller Center for Student Disability Services. The goal of the Millers is to promote disability on campus, creating more access for all above compliance, and what Disability Services has to do every day. Through their funds, we were able to furnish our Disability Cultural Space. We were able to provide many resources within this space, and we're able to support students with disabilities in a more holistic way.
Within our Disability Cultural Space, we have a lounge which features seating for students and others to interact, engage, and celebrate disability culture. In this space, we have a coffee and tea bar for students to relax and get their caffeine fix and as well as space offers a television where we've had movie nights and other game nights for interaction amongst students. One of the main aspects of our Disability Cultural Space is the showcasing of artwork by local disabled artists. We have canvas paintings, hanging on the wall in addition to glaze ceramic pieces, bowls, and other other unique designs throughout our center.
We also have a technology cube in our space which offers various forms of assistive technology for students to use. We also offer free printing on campus for all students who want to come check out our Disability Cultural Space. Student voice was instrumental in the creation of our Disability Cultural Space. Their vision, their mission, and their drive truly propelled our space to be what it is today. From all of us here at Miami University. We thank you for joining us and hope you have a great day.