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Disability Awareness Month activities

March 21, 2006

WHAT: Indiana State University's primary observance of Disability Awareness Month (March), will involve an evening of hands-on activities and educational opportunities to make students and the community more aware of disabilities and the challenges that persons with disabilities face each and every day.

WHEN: March 22, 2006, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library on North Seventh Street; Phone: (812) 237-3700

WHO: The event is sponsored by Indiana State University's Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education and the Cunningham Memorial Library at ISU.


"Test drive" new voting machines for the visually impaired and ADA workstations with Pat Mansard, Vigo County Clerk, library associate Jean Flak and ISU alumnus Danny Beemer (well known Terre Haute disc jockey Danny Wayne), who is legally blind.

5:30 p.m.

ISU President Lloyd Benjamin will discuss disability awareness at ISU and will acknowledge Delta Sigma Omicron (DSO -- ISU's student advocacy organization for persons with disabilities) for its efforts on behalf of students and others with disabilities.

5:45 p.m.

Proclamation by Mayor Burke to DSO President Amy Harris

5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Showing of "Warm Springs," an HBO Films Presentation, nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and 16 Emmys. The film will be shown in the ISU Library Browsing Area. The film takes a look at Franklin D. Roosevelt's pre-presidency days, from his being diagnosed with polio one year after his unsuccessful bid for the presidency, through his rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Ga., to his nomination of Al Smith for Democratic Presidential candidate in 1928.

7:45 p.m.

Closing speakers:

John Lentz, Director of ISU Recreational Sports, will talk briefly about awareness and accommodations for those with disabilities, particularly in regard to his work with Indiana Special Olympics on behalf of ISU; and

Don Rogers, associate professor of Recreation and Sport Management at ISU, will talk briefly about life in a wheelchair since his 1976 motorcycle accident and his personal obstacles and successes. Rogers carried the Olympic Torch through Terre Haute en route to the games in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002.