News & Events

Disability Awareness Week

October 23-27,2017

Monday, October 23, 12 - 2 PM, DN 226

Disability Awareness Week Kick Off and OAA Open House

The Marist community is invited to stop by The Office of Accommodations and Accessibility for activities, information, and giveaways! Learn about the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility and the services we provide, and get hands on with some of our assistive devices.


Tuesday, October 24

Faculty Awareness Award Reception

Students have nominated Professor Annamaria Maciocia to receive this special award that recognizes a faculty member who has made Marist College a more accessible learning environment. This event is by invitation only. Congratulations Professor Maciocia and thank you for your dedication to creating equality in education for all students!


Wednesday, October 25

11 AM - 1 PM, Donnelly 112

Informational Workshop for Faculty

Learning Specialists from the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility will be discussing ways to support students with learning disabilities and answering questions about our learning support program and accommodations.

12 - 2 PM, Champagnat Breezeway

Disabilities, Dogs, and Destressing

Back by popular demand! Students are invited to spend time unwinding with local therapy dogs, while learning about how these furry friends help those with both visible and invisible disabilities.


Thursday, October 26, 7:00 PM, Nelly Golletti Theatre

Comedian and Author, Nina G

Nina G brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity. Following her stand-up act there will be an on-stage interview/Q&A. Then join us in SC3105 for a meet and greet and opportunity to purchase Nina's children's book, Once Upon an Accommodation. For more information about Nina G, visit her web site at This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and Marist SPC.

Check out photos from last year's Disability Awareness Week below!

Office of Accommodations & Accessibility Awareness Week

On the first day of Disability Awareness Week, students, staff, and faculty learned about autism and Asperger syndrome while designing puzzle pieces that showed how they were unique. You can visit our office to see the puzzle displayed on our bulletin board for the month of October.
Visitors also participated in challenging simulation activities, signed disability awareness contracts as a promise to "disable the label", and played our celebrity matching game. All participants were entered into a raffle for some beautiful gifts from Mporium, and walked away with other goodies as well.


On Tuesday, the therapy dogs of Hudson Valley Positive Paws, a local chapter of Pet Partners, came to visit and taught us about how animals can help those with social, emotional, and physical disabilities. The immediate smiles and good vibes in the room were proof that these animals really do help ease stress and anxiety, simplifying life for a moment. For more information about the benefits of pet therapy, please visit


Wednesday, faculty were invited to participate in a panel discussion with some of our staff and students. This was a great opportunity for faculty to get their questions answered in an intimate setting and learn more about our program, the services we provide, and the rights and responsibilities of college students with learning disabilities. Congratulations to the winner of our raffle for this event, Samantha Proffitt of First Year Programs! She walked away with a travel mug and red fox air fresheners from Mporium. If you were unable to attend, please see the attached packet that was given out, which includes useful information on the rights of students with disabilities, respectful disability language, and confidentiality do's and don'ts.


To wrap up disability awareness week on Thursday, our office held an Open House and invited the community to stop by to meet the staff, tour our expanded office, learn about disabilities and the services we provide, and of course, pick up more givaways! At the conclusion of our event, we drew two raffle winners who had attended one or more of our events throughout the week. Congratulations to Katy Silberger of the Marist Library and student, Meagan Carroll! They won some beautiful winter accessories from Mporium!