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UNA to Have Advocacy Workshop Open to Community

Sep. 4, 2019



Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama will have an advocacy workshop for parents, caregivers, and families on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 330 of the Wendell W. Gunn University Commons building. 

The focus of the workshop will be to provide tools, information, and skills necessary for advocates and people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The UNA Office of Disability Support Services, Arc of the Shoals, Alabama Lifespan Respite, and the UNA Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion are all sponsors of the event. 

“In keeping in line with the University’s mission of engaging, it is extremely important to pass our knowledge and advocacy to our community partners,” said Jeremy Martin, director of UNA Disability Support Services. “We hope our parent advocacy workshop will help inform parents of their rights and responsibilities for their children with disabilities and help bridge the gap between high school and the very scary unknown after graduation.” 

There is a large deficit of resources for families and caregivers of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to Amanda Rye-Couch, a case manager for Arc of the Shoals. 

“We have to come together as a community to fill these needs, and we are grateful to UNA for partnering with us to start making this change,” she said. 

Those who plan to attend and require respire care can RSVP by Sept. 5 to Rye-Couch at 256-383-1472, ext. 118, or by emailing acouch@arcoftheshoals.com. 


About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National 

Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/