ABILITY Event Conference

  • woman on wheelchair
  • three women
  • two men in wheelchairs


February 27, 2018

This conference is a one-of-its-kind, interdisciplinary collaboration, designed to break down negative stereotypes and to build bridges with people who have disabilities. Each of the presenters is a person with a disability and presents from the holistic, biopsychosocial model that views disability from a person-centered and social context. There will be a variety of experiential learning scenarios highlighting the abilities of people with disabilities. These presenters design a unique interactive experience that guides participants in cross cultural hands-on learning. The goal of the conference is to raise awareness for people with disabilities on our campus, to reduce negative stereotypes in our community and to increase participation in our workplaces.

An Interactive Experience

Each ELS, or “Experiential Learning Scenario” is the heart of the conference. Participants are guided through a variety of stations by SCSU student volunteer tour guides. Each presenter facilitates participants in an interactive experience with his or her disability: spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, Deaf/hard-of-hearing, blindness/vision loss, ADD/ADHD, mental health, and addiction.  These thought provoking learning scenarios are designed to highlight the ABILITIES of people with disabilities and help participants learn about the effective tools that persons with disabilities use to navigate life.

ABILITYx Talks: Information Worth Sharing

The “ABILITYx” Talk is a new addition to the ABILITY Event. The ABILITYx Talk is a short presentation and discussion, similar to “TEDx Talks,” led by community members to further dive into their abilities.

Registration Information

Registration Fees:

  • Professional:  $50.00
  • SCSU Faculty/Staff:  $25.00
  • Student:  $10.00
  • Vendor:  $150.00
  • Volunteer:  $0.00
  • Presenter:  $0.00
Event T-shirts:

$10.00 (size is not guaranteed after Jan. 24, 2018.)

T-shirts may also be purchased at the event.

Community Vendors

Participation provides an opportunity for local partners to connect with participants, and are an effective say to encourage participant involvement in the field of disability.


St Cloud State University
4th Avenue Parking Ramp
516 4th Ave South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
A Parking Voucher may be purchased with your registration.  The costs is $12.00.

How Can You Help?

This event is truly an interdisciplinary collaboration that lives far beyond the St. Cloud State University family. We desire to collaborate with individuals, programs, and departments who have a commitment to service learning, diversity, and interdisciplinary partnerships. We need individuals, departments, and programs to assist us in identifying classes that are appropriate for this event. We also need financial support to keep costs affordable so that the ABILITY Event can impact the greatest number of participants. Consider sponsoring our event by donating and buying a shirt to support the event!
If you would like to participate in the ABILITY Event, please contact the Rehabilitation Studies program at 320-308-4750 or email us at rce@stcloudstate.edu.