UNA TO HOST DISABILITIES AWARENESS DAY MARCH 17
March 5, 2008
By Rebecca Walker
UNA Student Writer
FLORENCE, Ala.— The Office of Developmental Services at the University of North Alabama will hold its annual disABILITIES Awareness Day March 17 in the Guillot University Center’s Performance Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This year’s theme is “How you react to me says a lot about you.” The emphasis will be on reducing attitudes that are considered to be prejudice and accepting others for who they are. The yearly event will raise awareness of individuals with disabilities through education and support.
At 9 a.m., Alabama Deputy Attorney General Graham Sisson, who is also the state’s Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator, will discuss recent ADA legislation movements and how to use ADA to advocate effectively for individuals.
Matt Glowacki, who participated in the Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, will present two sessions throughout the day – one at 10 a.m. entitled “Walking Is Overrated,” an inspiration topic dealing with living life to its fullest regardless of obstacles, and another at 1 p.m. entitled “Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy,” a humorous and light-hearted diversity training workshop that deals with serious undertones dealing with attitudes toward diversity.
At 11 a.m. a student panel will discuss their experiences in college and their plans for the future.
Events will take place in the University Center Atrium throughout the day. Local agencies that assist individuals with disabilities will be present to provide vital information as well as food and fun for those who stop by.
For more information, contact the Office of Developmental Services at 765-4907.