Mason Marks Disability Awareness Month

Posted: October 10, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

October is recognized as Disability Awareness Month, and Mason is showing its support by hosting a number of events and holding information sessions for faculty, staff and students.

  • During the week of Oct. 8-11, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) will have information kiosks set up in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus and the Bull Run Atrium on the Prince William Campus to inform students about the different resources and services they offer, as well as information about the experiences of individuals with disabilities.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the ODS will host a comedy show in Dewberry Hall featuring Jeff Charlebois, a comic and motivational speaker with a disability. This event is free to Mason students, faculty and staff. The comedy show is sponsored by the Program Board, Housing and Residence Life, the Higher Education Program, the Office of Equity and Diversity Services and the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education.
  • Disability and the Arts will be presented in the Johnson Center Media Library now through Oct. 31. Artwork created by Mason students with disabilities will be showcased.
  • A faculty information session will be held for the Prince William Campus on Monday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bull Run Hall, Room 130. The director of ODS and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator will discuss and answer questions concerning faculty and staff rights and responsibilities when serving students with disabilities. There will also be a presentation by a member of the Counseling and Psychological Services staff to discuss issues associated with emotional disabilities. A question and answer session will follow.
  • The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry in conjunction with the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education will be providing free and confidential HIV and AIDS testing on Friday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Liberty Square Quad. All tests are done by an oral swab and preliminary results will be available in 20 minutes.
  • On Friday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center Conference Room A, a student panel will be held to learn more about the challenges and successes of students with disabilities and discuss ways to become a better ally to them. This event will be hosted by the Mason NCBI chapter.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, is Student Appreciation Day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 211 of the Student Union Building I, the ODS will host an open house to celebrate Mason students. All students, faculty and staff are invited meet the ODS staff, ask questions about the office, pick up literature and enjoy refreshments.

For more information about Disability Awareness Month, visit the Disabilities Awareness Month web site.

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