October Is Disability Awareness Month

Posted: October 8, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

Throughout October, George Mason will acknowledge Disability Awareness Month with a variety of presentations in the Johnson Center. The activities are an opportunity to honor diversity and learn from the experiences of individuals with disabilities. Information on assistive technology and campus resources the people with disabilities will be available.

A Diff-Ability kiosk featuring information on testing, assessment, and community resources can be found in the Johnson Center from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 and 30. Take the Diff-Abilities Trivia Test and enter to win a prize.

A New Innovations Technology Fair will be held on Oct. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center. The latest in assistive technology designed to aid students will be presented by representatives from Assistive Technology Works Inc., Bartimaeus Group Inc., Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, and others.

Information on accommodations through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will be discussed at a faculty/student lunch on Oct. 23 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in SUB I, Room B. DRC Director Deborah Wyne will be available to answer questions.

Music student Luis Bonorio will give a live classical guitar performance in the Johnson Center Bistro on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Following the performance, Cara Khan shares her struggle with depression. Since her days as a Real World cast member on MTV, Khan has toured universities nationwide speaking out for depression awareness.

Programs are sponsored by the DRC, along with Health Education Services, the Counseling Center, and the Office of Diversity Programs and Services, with funding provided by University Life. For more information, call (703) 993-2474.

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