Mason Marks Disability Awareness Month with Special Events

Posted: October 14, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A theatrical production and a discussion on accommodating students with disabilities are highlights of events marking Disability Awareness Month at Mason.

“Not Just Ramps”

“Not Just Ramps,” a theatrical production based on physical, emotional and societal access issues for a diverse group of people with different disabilities, will be presented at Mason’s Fairfax and Prince William Campuses this week.

In the play, the actor–playwrights tell vivid stories about their experiences in the workplace and community and intersperse them with comic scenarios on how to deal with people who are abled.

After the play, the playwrights will facilitate an interactive discussion using participants’ emotional reactions as a springboard to explore issues of access in the workplace and the community.

The presentations are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16.

1 to 3 p.m., Prince William Campus, Bull Run Hall Atrium

5 to 7 p.m., Fairfax Campus, Student Union Building II Ballroom (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

This event is sponsored by the Office of Disability Services, Office of Equity and Diversity Services, and the Office of Diversity Programs and Services.

Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education will provide an overview of accommodating students with disabilities in higher education on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building II Ballroom on the Fairfax Campus.

This presentation will include a discussion on the university’s responsibility, the faculty’s responsibility and the student’s responsibility in providing accommodations.

There will also be a discussion on who is eligible, who is qualified and how this is determined.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity Services and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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