Invisible Disabilities Revealed at Diversity Conference

OGDEN, Utah – “Unpacking the Knapsack of Invisible (And Not So Invisible) Disabilities is the theme of Weber State University’s 13th Annual Diversity Conference Oct. 6 &7, 2011.

“Historically, it has been difficult for people inside and outside the diversity world to see the commonalities between disability and other minority experiences,” said clinical psychologist, Dr. Linda Mona.

She will address the topic "Understanding Disability & Identity” as the keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. 

Mona said conversations about disability have increased recently because of America’s involvement in war.“

The number of people with impairments increases exponentially with returning veterans,” Mona said. “Society wide more money and services are put toward people with disabilities. We see people who look or think differently more in the public eye as it becomes a political issue.”

Mona has advocated for the sexual rights and sexual expression of people with disabilities for the past 15 years. She has published more than 50 articles on disability and discussed her findings on Oprah Radio, National Public Radio, PBS, NBCs Today show, and in Cosmopolitan and Self magazines. 

The Diversity Conference begins Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m., at Weber State University Davis Room 110 with an opening reception and panel discussion about autism.

The conference continues Oct. 7 with the keynote speaker and 15 breakout sessions at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sessions include such topics as “Academic Achievement & Traumatic Brain Injury,” “Disability at Work,” “Hidden Abuse,” and “Mood Disorders as Invisible Disabilities.”

All events are free and open to the public.

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13th Annual Diversity Conference

“Unpacking the Knapsack of Invisible (And Not So Invisible) Disabilities”

Conference Schedule

• Oct. 6: Opening reception and panel discussion, 6-8 p.m., Weber State University Davis Room 110.  The topic is “Autism Awareness: Family & Community Resources.” Panelists include Laura Anderson, president-elect, Autism Council of Utah; Derek Erekson, executive director, CTA Community Supports; and Lisa Ridges, president, Sahara Cares Foundation. The discussion begins at about 6:50 p.m.

• Oct. 7: Keynote address by Dr. Linda Mona, 8:30 a.m., Shepherd Union Ballroom.

• Oct. 7: Concurrent panel sessions; 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Shepherd Union Building.

• Oct. 7: Closing reception, 12:30 p.m.; Shepherd Union Ballroom A.

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Forrest Crawford, assistant to the President for Diversity
801-626-7420 ·


Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 •