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A student athlete using a wheelchair races on a track

Rutgers Disability Awareness Month

A Campus-Wide Celebration

Rutgers University is one of the most diverse institutions in the Big 10 and disabilities play a vital role in making our community vibrant and inclusive. See how Rutgers came together to celebrate and learn during Disability Awareness Month in October, and keep the conversation going with resources and actions throughout the year.

Resources and Action

Disability takes many forms, both visible and invisible. Disability Awareness Month at Rutgers is an opportunity for our community to recognize, bring awareness to, and learn about disabilities and the disability community.

As an ally, you can take action and help cultivate an awareness of creating an inclusive environment for all individuals. 

Rutgers is a global leader in disability and employment research and home to the Program for Disability Research in the School of Management and Labor Relations.

Disability Awareness Month 2022

Disability Awareness Month 2022 was packed with in-person programs and virtual events. Participants learned how to be allies, met new furry friends, got active with adaptive sports, and more.

Emotional support animal Jack visited campus for a Disability Awareness Month 2022 event, titled “Who Let the Dogs In?"

Watch on Instagram how emotional support animal Jack lit up the room during a Disability Awareness Month 2022 event titled, “Who Let the Dogs In?"

Players enjoyed a game of wheelchair basketball during Adaptive Sports and Wellness Day, part of Rutgers Disability Awareness Month 2022.

Check out TikTok for more coverage of goalball, beep baseball, and other games during Adaptive Sports and Wellness Day, part of Rutgers Disability Awareness Month 2022.

Thank you

A special thank you to our committee, sponsors, partners, and program participants for helping us commemorate the many contributions and experiences of people living with disabilities here at Rutgers.

Active Planning Committee Members

Javier Robles • Jennifer Demby • Carlos Fernandez • Arielle Smith • Bret McCandless • Dee Magnoni • Jakora Thomspon • Jennifer Senick • Julia Ritter • Bryan Adams • Caroline Coffield • Jenevieve Delossantos • Crystal Bedley • Jeff Friedman • Sherlock Washington • Kevin Orcell • Kathy Loder-Murphy • Nychey Michel • Sonia Yaco • Nicole Gangino • Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty • Eva Niemeijer • Christopher Manente • Paul Goobic


Wheelchair Federation • Blind Athletes Inc. • Mason Gross School of the Arts • Rutgers Recreation • Office of Disability Services

Program Partners

Office for Violence Prevention Victim Assistance, New Brunswick and RBHS • Residence Life-Student Support • Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department • Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center • Office of Disability Services, New Brunswick and RBHS • Rutgers University Libraries New Brunswick • School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program • Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement • Center for Latino Arts and Culture • Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies • RU OK? • Rutgers Speech and Hearing Club • Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions • Zimmerli Art Museum • Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services • Department of Kinesiology and Health • Rutgers Recreation • The Cultural Collaborative • Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy • The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities