FSU Celebrates Disability Awareness Week

By: FSU Release Email
By: FSU Release Email

Tallahassee, FL - Some students at Florida State are doing their part to make sure everyone is included, even if they have a disability.

All week long the campus is holding events that are intended to promote greater understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis

Alex Kahn, Florida State Senior: "The idea is to build awareness, it's sort of built into the name, but part of building awareness is helping people share in the experiences of those who have disabilities."

Today's event was titled "step into my shoes" and was and featured various simulator activities depicting what those with disabilities go through.

Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University will celebrate its longstanding commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities have access to and are included in its life and activities during "Disability Awareness Week: Celebrating Four Decades of Access," taking place Oct. 15-18.

"Over the past 40 years, the faculty, staff and students of Florida State have demonstrated a 'can-do' attitude and deep-seated commitment to include people with disabilities," said Amber M. Wagner, assistant director and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

"Florida State's Student Disability Resource Center and the entire university community are excited to be able to celebrate this commendable, 40-year milestone of inclusion."

Florida State was listed among the nation's most disability-friendly colleges in Chris Wise Tiedemann's book "College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities ," published by Prufrock Press earlier this year.

Several events have been scheduled that are intended to promote greater understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities. The week's schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 15
"From Whence We've Come" (6 p.m., Askew Student Life Building): A presentation by Florida State alumni who were instrumental in establishing the inclusion concept and those who have helped to shape and benefit from it. The movie "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" will be screened at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Self-Advocacy Skills and Resource Expo (12:30-2:30 p.m., Room 208, Student Services Building): During a lunch-and-learn session, participants will be taught how to communicate and support the concept of inclusion, and can obtain resources to support individual and community efforts.
"Step Into My Shoes" (9 a.m.-noon, Room 312, Oglesby Union): The event will feature simulation activities for various disabling conditions.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
Student Disability Resource Center Open House (8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Student Disabilities Resource Center, Room 108, Student Services Building): Visitors can learn about the functions of the center and how they can get connected.
SGA Accessible Ramp Dedication (noon-12:30 p.m., Oglesby Union bus stop, Academic Way).
We Are All Together: Market Wednesday (noon-2 p.m., Oglesby Union): Organizations that support inclusion will offer information at display tables.

Thursday, Oct. 18
Awards Banquet (6-8:30 p.m., Miller Hall, C3300 University Center): The ceremony will recognize people who have contributed to the university's efforts to be inclusive. An RSVP is required by Oct. 15 to eoc@admin.fsu.edu .)

Friday, Oct. 19
Comedian Diane Kawasaki will perform (doors open at 8 p.m.; performance scheduled from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Oglesby Union Ballroom).
Disability Awareness Week is being co-sponsored by Florida State's Division of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Department, the Student Government Association, the Disability Student Union, the Askew Student Life Center, the Student Life Cinema, Union Productions, Pi Gamma Mu, Holiday Inn-Capital Circle and the UPS Store.


To learn more, visit www.disabilitycenter.fsu.edu .

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