Our Tech & Dis research group + the gaming crew from VT Libraries will be hosting a 2-day live online event, The College Faire (Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, 2022), that includes sessions on navigating accommodations in college, disability history and culture, a student panel to share personal experiences, accessible technologies, along with social components in a synchronous online role-playing game centered around a more magical version of Virginia Tech. Get hyped. 😀
Over the course of the covid-19 pandemic, one way the disability community at Virginia Tech stayed together is by playing together, and we’ve developed competency we want to share in accessible gaming and social fun. Our two days will be spent in rotation through different sessions – both to game and to learn.
The College Faire has help from a college student team that includes many students with disabilities and significant gaming unit support through Virginia Tech Libraries (shout out to Alice Rogers and Disability Caucus co-chair Elizabeth McLain!). The event will include sessions led by experts from Cook Counseling, Services for Students with Disabilities, Accessible Technologies. This event is made possible through funding from the National Science Foundation (#1750260).
The College Faire is only for high schoolers with disabilities. We will accept our first 20 registrants and place others on a waiting list. We’re hoping to run it again next summer if this beta test goes well!