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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

NEWS RELEASE

News Bureau Schofield Hall 201 Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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UW-Eau Claire Recognizes Disabilities
Awareness Week Oct. 21-25

MAILED: Oct. 11, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will hold a series of events to educate students and the public during its Disabilities Awareness Week Oct. 21-25.
          There will be an informational booth in the East Lobby of Davies Center Monday through Friday. The information will change to match the topic of the events for each day.
         Monday’s events cover learning about disabilities. At 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Peer Diversity Educators will hold “Hunt on Wheels” in the Tower’s T.V. Lounge. Participants will experience what it is like to be paralyzed from the waist down. They will be confined to a wheel chair and given a list of things to do, which will take them to various buildings on Upper Campus.
         Visual and hearing disabilities are Tuesday’s topics. Dr. Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist in Counseling Services, will present “See the World of the Blind” at noon in the Birchwood Room of Davies Center. There will also be an American Sign Language interpreter present during investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh’s Forum presentation on “Foreign Policy in an Election Year” at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
         The topics Wednesday are invisible, medical and psychological disabilities. “Wing Feud” will be taped Wednesday and aired throughout the week on TV 10. The teams consist of a selected group of volunteers representing different organizations on campus. Deanne Peterson-Hagen, a speaker from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, will talk about NAMI and give other general information about disabilities from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
         Thursday’s topics are physical disabilities. At 2 p.m. a tour of Lower Campus via wheel chair will be taken by Chancellor Donald Mash, director of Services for Students with Disabilities Beth Hicks, sophomore Josef Gapko and Matt Glowacki, a nationally known speaker, The purpose is to make students aware that UW-Eau Claire takes accessibility seriously and to open students’ eyes to something they may not see every day. Glowacki, a Janesville native, was born without legs, holds a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Sit-Volleyball Team and owns three businesses. He will present “Walking is Overrated” to faculty members at noon in Schofield Auditorium. He will give the same presentation to the public and students at 7 p.m. in Hibbard Hall, Room 100.
         Friday the topic at the informational booth is all disabilities.
         Students, faculty and the community are encouraged to attend the free events.
          The UW-Eau Claire Professional Development Program, Student Support Services, Counseling Services, Student Senate, Dean of Students Offices and Services for Students with Disabilities are sponsoring the Disabilities Awareness Week activities.
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Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741
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Updated: October 22, 2002