WSU Access Center to host symposium for disability awareness

Keynote speaker will provide insight on mental, physical wellness; event will occur March 29 through April 2



Wesley Hamilton, executive director of Disabled But Not Really, will be the guest speaker of the symposium’s keynote event.

ADALINE GRACE, Evergreen social media editor

The WSU Access Center is hosting a Disability Awareness Symposium from March 29 through April 2.

The event is sponsored by the Access Center, the Disabled Students and Allies Club and University Recreation. It will cover topics on mental and physical health, with the main theme being “Fitness for All: Inclusive Fitness and Sport,” according to the website

The symposium will provide workshops to address mindfulness and nutrition. There will also be an offering of adaptive physical events including yoga, zumba, weightlifting and rock climbing, according to the website.

Each day will have at least one seminar and an adaptive class offered over Zoom. There will be in-person classes at the Chinook building if individuals have a reservation, according to the website.

The main conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 2. Zoom links will be sent a day before each session, according to the website.

Wesley Hamilton, executive director of Disabled But Not Really, will be the guest speaker of the keynote event. Hamilton developed DBNR to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries and bring attention to mental and physical wellbeing, according to his YouTube video.

Past symposiums involved portraying the importance of appropriate and realistic media representation of disability, understanding inclusion and the pressures of conforming to society’s norms, according to the website.   

All WSU students, staff and community members are invited to join and are able to register through the Access Center survey