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Disability Awareness Week events aim to promote cultural inclusion

March 20, 2012 | John Farless
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The University of Southern Indiana Counseling Center and the USI Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator are sponsoring events for the week of March 26-29 in observance of Disability Awareness Month. All of the campus events are free and open to the public.

“The theme for this year’s disability awareness campaign is ‘Celebrating Community’ to remind us that we are all part of the same community and have something valuable to contribute,” said Leslie Smith, assistant director of counseling and coordinator of disability resources. “We want our participants to come away from our events with a deeper appreciation for the differences in all of us.”

The main goals during Disability Awareness Week are to promote cultural awareness and inclusion, increase awareness about physical accessibility issues in the community, and dispel stereotypes about disabilities. The week’s activities include:

March 26: "What if…YOU Were Deaf? The Silence is Deafening”
Forum 2; 5 p.m.

Lee All, of Evansville’s Sycamore Services, will present this keynote address for the Disability Awareness Week kick-off. She will answer questions such as; What would you do if you woke up one morning and were completely deaf? Would you know what to do, where to go?  How would you communicate without hearing and how do you learn sign language? And, What is Deaf Culture and what are your rights as a deaf person? 

March 27:“How Much Do You Really Know About Disabilities?”
RL 0017; 3 p.m.

Doug Goeppner, USI ADA coordinator, will briefly challenge various myths about disability, followed by a student panel in which members will discuss their experiences as individuals with disabilities on the USI campus.

March 28:“A Photographic Journey Through an Inaccessible World!”
HP 1027; 3 p.m.

Doug Goeppner, USI ADA coordinator, takes the audience on an interactive photographic journey that provides the opportunity to identify common examples of inaccessibility in everyday, real-world settings. By attending this presentation, participants will increase their disability awareness by learning how the physical world is often experienced by persons with disabilities.

March 29: Documentary Film“Murderball”
Forum 2; 6 p.m.

Attend a screening and group discussion of the “Murderball” documentary film that follows several rugby players with paraplegia as they compete toward the 2004 Paralympic Games.

For additional information about Disability Awareness Week, contact Smith at 812/464-1961, 812/464-1867 or lmsmith@usi.edu.

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Evansville, Indiana 47712 Phone 812/464-8600
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