Disability Resource Center Plans Awareness Activities

Posted: October 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

“Although the majority of the university community seems to have a good level of understanding about students with disabilities, we hope to increase awareness on campus,” says Deborah Wyne, director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC).

“We also hope that students with disabilities who have not yet contacted us will feel comfortable coming to us if they need any academic accommodations.”

Throughout October, which is national Disability Awareness Month, the DRC will run information kiosks on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Campuses to introduce students to the experiences of people with disabilities and the range of services the center offers.

Today, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Student Union Building I (SUB I), rooms A and B, Wyne and other DRC faculty will lead an information session and panel discussion featuring students registered with the center. These students will give firsthand accounts about the challenges, needs and benefits of living with a disability.

Every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. throughout the month, a film featuring individuals with disabilities will be shown in the Johnson Center Cinema. The films include “The Aviator,” “Rory O’Shea Was Here,” “Prozac Nation” and “Pumpkin.” The film series is sponsored by the DRC, SAGE (Students with Abilities Gaining Enthusiasm), the Counseling Center and Substance Abuse Programs and Services.

Comedian Mike DeStefano will visit all three campuses to share his personal story of living with a disability. On the afternoon of Oct. 6, he will be at Prince William Campus, and in the evening, he will be at the Arlington Campus (time and place to be announced). DeStefano will speak at the Fairfax Campus on Oct. 7 at 9:15 p.m. in the Johnson Center.

A centerpiece of the month’s activities will be a workshop on Oct. 11 in the Johnson Center’s Gold Room hosted by Alan Muir of Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities. Career counselors and students with disabilities, along with interested faculty, are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“Understand,” an audio-visual-tactile performance art exhibit, will demonstrate the gifts and struggles of those with disabilities. The exhibit will be in the Johnson Center’s Bookstore Annex Oct. 17-19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. each day.

For more information on the DRC and Disability Awareness Month events, visit the web site or call 703-993-2474.

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