Due to the recent COVID situation on campus, this year's Disability Awareness Campaign will be postponed until further notice.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) falls on the 3rd of December each year and is a special time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities and increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance. The 2022 global observance to commemorate the IDPWD will be around the overarching theme of innovation and transformative solutions for inclusive development. For more information about IDPWD, please click here.
UNNC takes this opportunity to run a Disability Awareness Campaign every year around IDPWD to echo the theme of IDPWD. We call on every student and member of staff in the UNNC community to learn from the experiences of people living with disabilities during the post-pandemic era. We hope to explore innovations, practical tools and good practices to reduce inequalities in both public and private sectors, moving forward towards disability inclusive and promoting diversity in the community.
Date: 3 - 8 December 2022
1. Different Socks Day series activities
Different Socks Day was initiated by the World of Art Brut Culture (WABC) in 2016, advocating for the public to express their awareness of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and others. The acceptance of people with disabilities and their families can arouse more public support so that different people can speak out bravely for their different lives. Since then, WABC has launched a series of Different Socks Days every year to call attention to the social integration of different groups.
Since its inception, volunteers from more than 10 countries have jointly supported the Different Socks Day Project. Topics related to Different Socks have received hundreds of millions of online views and hundreds of thousands of interactions. The influence of the Different Socks concept has reached tens of millions of people. In UNNC, we also have different groups of disabled students and staff affected by autism, ADHD, mental health condition, and more. We join in this project this year and hope that we accept different people on campus so as to make our campus an inclusive and diverse community.
1.1 Running with Different Socks and the Opening Ceremony of DAC (8:45 -10:00, 3 Dec.)
Venue: In front of the Sport Centre
Sports is always a good practice example and a site of innovation, employment and equity. As one of the events for Different Socks Day, the Campus Run this time has been customized to the Running with Different Socks event during DAC. The only requirement for the participants is to wear different socks in running. No matter how fast you run, we would like you to enjoy running with different socks and accept/respect each different individual. Meanwhile, we will also make it the Opening Ceremony of the DAC. Snacks and drinks will be prepared. All are welcome.
1.2. Workshop for Different Socks Day with Art Therapy (19:00 – 20:30, 4 Dec.) (for students only)
Venue: TB405 & TB425
Register via the SPDPO system
Everyone's life is a precious and unique existence, we would like you to see and accept your own differences and see yourself and then accept the special you via group art therapy.
Workshop Facilitator: Jade He
Jade He is a lecturer with hearing impairments from WABC, a Bachelor of Central Academy of Fine Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University. After graduation, she worked in the field of environmental art and design for many years. In recent years, she has been in long-term training in the field of expressive art therapy. She is continuing her study in the field of psychology, studying in the first phase of the long-term psychological counselling training program of Beijing Normal University with a human-centred orientation, and receiving training at the IIEHP International Humanistic College.
1.3 Different Socks Sales Day (4-5 Dec.)
Venue: on campus
Show your different socks in the designated shops on campus, and post your photos together with the comments about Different Socks Events on social media, you could get attractive discounts or gifts. For more information about the sales, please click the link here.
2. Walking for Rare Disease Family’s Travel Dream (3 – 8 Dec. 2022)
Venue: on campus
There are around 7000 rare diseases in the world accounting for 10% of all known diseases, including albinism, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), Osteogenesis imperfecta, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and many more. There are more than 20 million people who live with rare diseases in China, they usually have few opportunities to travel due to their poor health conditions and financial pressure to afford medical treatment. Therefore, the Chinese Organization for Rare Disorders initiated the Donation Project in 2015 for those with rare diseases and their families to fulfil their travel dreams. We hope to fund the rare diseases families to travel to a city they wish to go to. UNNC joins in this Project during Disability Awareness Campaign this year. We call for all students and staff to walk for this project. The QR code for this event will be uploaded soon, you could also find the QR code on campus.
3. Lemon Tree Family Fun Sports (10:00 – 12:00, 3 Dec. 2022)
Venue: The Sports Pitch
Lemon Tree Down’s Syndrome Centre (Lemon Tree) is the only non-government organization which supports Downs syndrome children and families in Zhejiang province currently. Lemon Tree is committed to the companionship, education and care of this special group and provides rehabilitation training. At the same time, it is also actively fighting for the rights and interests of these children and families, so that everyone can walk freely and equally under the same sun. We invite Lemon Tree Families to UNNC to have fun sports games on IDPWD and hope they could have fun and enjoy the games. The event is hosted by Ningbo Yinzhou District Disabled Persons' Federation and Shounan Street Disabled Persons' Federation, organized by Yinzhou District Intellectually Disabled and Relatives and Friends Association, and supported by Lemon Tree, Ningbo Yinzhou District Hedao Special Children Rehabilitation Training Center and UNNC.
4. Executive Function and Self-Regulation for Twice Exceptional series lectures
For Staff - Cultivating student success (9:30 – 11:00, 5 Dec. 2022)
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For Students - Practical strategies (20:00 – 21:30, 7 Dec. 2022)
Register via the SPDPO system
What’s not often well-known or well-understood is that students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability— just as students with disabilities may also be gifted. The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2e,” is used to describe gifted people who, have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. These disabilities may include specific learning disabilities (SpLD), speech and language disorders, emotional/behavioural disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum, or other impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The staff’s session will focus on the identification of twice-exceptional students and overall support & strategies for staff. And the students’ session will focus on screenings for high risks of different disabilities with practical strategies.
Lecturer: Fengyi Kuo, DHS, OTR, CPRP, teaches and consults at several medical universities and hospitals in the United States and China. Her former affiliations include Indiana University School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Riley Child Development Center (RCDC) at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, University of Indianapolis, Gannon University in Pennsylvania, Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Taipei City Psychiatric Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. She has an extensive field experience in trauma-informed care, mental health recovery and community-based program development. She is the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s (AOTF) Community Service and Volunteerism Award recipient to recognize her advocacy and leadership in promoting healthcare access for immigrants and refugees resettled in the United States.
5. Color Circle Painting (13:30 - 15:00 pm, 6 Dec. 2022) (for students only)
Venue: inside Western Garden in front of the Trent Building
Register via the SPDPO system
The purpose of the fun painting is to let people of different identities on campus participate in the expression of painting, and to better express the rich inner world of different groups of people through the form of colour circle painting. In the process of participation, we will enhance the communication between different groups of people and feel the integration of life. Starting from the "Art Circle", we will create an equal world of mutual help and love.
We will invite people with mental and physical disabilities from Central Sunshine Post to join in together with our UNNC students for this activity.
Established in December 2008, Central Sunshine Post is the rehabilitation centre providing comprehensive rehabilitation services for people with mental and physical disabilities locally in Jiangdong District Disabled Person's Federation. UNNC students’ volunteers from Sunshine Public Welfare Organization go to Central Sunshine Post for volunteer work routinely since 2008.
The activity will be guided by Rory Perrott – Senior Art Development Specialist from the Department of Campus Life.
Rory Perrott: Rory is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design (Fine Art), Crawford College of Art and Design (Art and Design Education) and has had numerous solo exhibitions, he has also produced works for arts festivals and organizations. Since 2018, Rory has been an artist in Residence at UNNC and has assisted students and staff with their own artistic projects, producing artwork and delivering workshops.
6. Stories-sharing session by disability students with a rare disease (14:00-15:30 pm, 7 Dec.)
Venue: Multifunction Room 02 in the Library
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Students with rare diseases who benefit from the Family Travel Project will share their stories of the travel. Also, our UNNC student with albinism will share his story in UNNC.
Fengyi Zhou: UNNC Y4 student, majoring in Finance Accounting and Management. He is diagnosed with albinism when he was born and he has eye impairment due to albinism. During his studies and life at UNNC, he got 70+ average scores and meanwhile, joined various social activities.
7. How to make a more inclusive students experience – Student Support Session for PGCHE staff only (14:30 – 16:30, 8 Dec.)
Venue: Trent 452
This session is typically for PGCHE staff only to explore implicit bias towards disabilities. We will also discuss over inclusive teaching strategies for students with different kinds of disabilities so as to better support our students and create a more inclusive campus.
Lecturer: Jean Wu – Senior Disability Support Advisor from Wellbeing Service. She got a Master of Applied Management Theory from the University of Glasgow UK and a Master of Special Education Needs/Additional Learning Needs from the University of South Wales UK. She is a Fellow Register of Educational Therapists (Asia), a member of the National Association of Disability Practitioners CIC, UK, a National Level Three psychological consultant, China and a UNNC EDI representative. She has 14 years of experience in giving general support to students with all kinds of disabilities in higher education, including giving screenings to dyslexia, ADHD and Autism students, making alternative exam arrangements, and providing time management and other learning skills support to these students. She also has experience in offering training in general disability awareness, how to support students with mental health difficulties, dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and other learning differences, inclusive teaching strategies to academic staff, etc. for almost ten years.
Relevant events in UNUK
Each year, UNUK celebrates Disability Recognition Month between Wednesday 16 November and Friday 16 December 2022.
This year, they have a variety of events and celebrations – everything from panel discussions, talks, and workshops for staff and students to get involved in.
Please click here for more information.
Host: Health and Wellbeing Centre
Ningbo Yinzhou District Disabled Persons' Federation, Jiangdong District Disabled Persons' Federation, Shounan Street Disabled Persons' Federation
Sport Department, Department of Campus Life Art Centre, Sunshine Public Welfare Organization
Yinzhou District Intellectually Disabled and Relatives and Friends Association, Ningbo Yinzhou District Hedao Special Children Rehabilitation Training Center, World of Art Brut Culture, Chinese Organization for Rare Disorders, Lemon Tree Down's Syndrome Centre