Georgia Southern University is recognizing Disability Awareness Month in October with various programs and activities. This year’s theme is “See the Person, Not the Disability.”
The goals of Disability Awareness Month are to raise awareness about the diverse experiences of people with disabilities, challenge assumptions and stereotypes, celebrate success stories and recognize challenges, create a more inclusive campus environment and increase awareness of resources for students with disabilities.
Mike Chamber, the director of the Student Disability Resource Center, says the observance will allow members of the university community to learn more about disabilities and assistive technologies.
“Observing October as Disability Awareness Month allows Georgia Southern to recognize and celebrate the vast contributions made every day by our students with disabilities,” said Chamber.
This year’s activities will include:
A presentation by keynote speaker Marcus Engel on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, 847 Plant Drive;
A workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment Law on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. in room 2048 at the Russell Union Rotunda;
The documentary “Lives Worth Living” by award-winning producer and director Eric Neudel on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m.;
A student-led Disability Awareness Panel on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Williams Center multipurpose room; and
A wheelchair scavenger hunt on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Russell Union Rotunda.
For more information about Disability Awareness Month, visit deanofstudents.georgiasouthern.edu/multicultural.