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Celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites the community to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act July 15 on the west lawn of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The event will include activities starting at 8 p.m., followed by a showing of the award-winning film "The Theory of Everything" at dusk, approximately 9 p.m. 

The celebration's special activities are focused on educating and raising awareness on what it's like to be a person with disabilities. These activities are sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire department of communication sciences and disorders and include the following:

  • Meet a guide dog and learn about her job
  • Experience seeing your name printed in braille
  • Attend a meet-and-greet with someone who uses assistive alternative communication (AAC) as well as staff from the communications sciences and disorders department

The film "The Theory of Everything" portrays the story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Steven Hawking. At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, and has continued to fight tirelessly against the disease. The film tells the story of how Hawking has defied the odds of his disability while embarking on his most ambitious scientific work. The film will be presented with closed captioning and in case of rain will be held in Woodland Theater, Davies Center 328.

The showing is part of UW-Eau Claire's Summer Cinema, a series of free family-friendly films offered on Wednesday evenings in June and July. Admission is free and open to all, and participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. 

Summer Cinema is funded by UW-Eau Claire students and co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Volume One and UW-Eau Claire. Films are chosen by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers and by an administrative committee composed of students. 

For more information about the event, contact Kristin Schumacher at 715-836-4419.