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FAU to Host Events for Disability Awareness Month in October

BOCA RATON (October 3, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University will host a series of events to commemorate Disability Awareness Month during October. The various events offered are designed to physically and mentally energize and challenge all participants and raise awareness about the different types of disabilities.

“We are providing all FAU students with an opportunity to experience what our students with disabilities experience,” said Nicole Rokos, director of FAU’s Office for Students with Disabilities. “Our goal is to raise awareness about disability related issues while celebrating different abilities.”

More than 966 students at FAU are registered with the University’s Office for Students with Disabilities, where trained staff provide students with documented disabilities the academic support services and accommodations they need to give them equal access to all of the academic programs at FAU.

Along with the Office for Students with Disabilities, the events are sponsored by several FAU organizations, including Campus Recreation, FAU Student Government Program Board, Student Involvement and Leadership, Owls Supporting Diversity (OSD) Club, and Stand Among Friends.

The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:


Seated Volleyball Demonstration and Competition
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
FAU Recreation & Fitness Center


Seated volleyball (sometimes known as Paralympic volleyball), is volleyball for disabled athletes. The sport entered the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport for amputees in 1976 in Toronto, Canada and played as a medal sport thereafter. More information and signup is available at www.fau.edu/campusrec.  This event is sponsored by Office for Students with Disabilities and Campus Recreation.

 



Wheelchair Basketball 
Monday, Oct. 7, Demonstration at 1 p.m.; Tournament at 5 p.m.
FAU Recreation and Fitness Center  

  
Participants will either watch or be involved in a highly energetic, fast-paced wheelchair basketball tournament.  FAU students have the opportunity to experience playing basketball while using a wheelchair and can create a team consisting of five players that will compete against other FAU teams. Matt Glowacki, a member of the Paralympic games in Sydney and a wheelchair basketball expert, will participate as coach and provide the wheelchairs. For more information and to sign up, visit www.fau.edu/campusrec. This event is sponsored by Office for Students with Disabilities and Campus Recreation.

 


 


‘A Taste of Disability’ Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m. 
Grand Palm Room, Student Union

 
Students will be assigned a disability and will experience that disability throughout the dinner.  If a student assumes the role of someone who is visually impaired, for example, a blindfold will be placed over his or her eyes. If a student is assigned a physical impairment, he or she may be placed in a wheelchair.  Discussion groups will be facilitated by the OSD Club and the Office for Students with Disabilities. For more information, contact Michelle Shaw at 561-297-3880 or mshaw@fau.edu.



‘Bone Collector’ Movie Presentation and Discussion 
Friday, Oct. 18, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
FAU Student Union, Kaye Auditorium  

 
“Bone Collector,” is a thriller starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Come enjoy this suspenseful movie (snacks will be served) and a facilitated discussion following the first showing of the movie only. A special door prize of an iPad Mini will be awarded at the conclusion of the discussion. Movie presented by Office for Students with Disabilities and Program Board. For more information, contact Michelle Shaw at mshaw@fau.edu.


The following events will take place at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Dr., Jupiter: 


‘A Beautiful Mind’ Movie Presentation and Discussion 
Tuesday, Oct. 15, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 7 p.m. 
The Burrow, Student Resources 


“A Beautiful Mind” is a drama starring Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly. Come enjoy this inspiring movie (snacks will be served) and a facilitated discussion following the movie.



Taste of Disability Dinner
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. 
The Burrow, Student Resources  


Students will be assigned a disability and will experience that disability throughout the dinner.  If a student assumes the role of someone who is visually impaired, for example, a blindfold will be placed over his or her eyes. If a student is assigned a physical impairment, he or she may be placed in a wheelchair. For more information, contact Leigh Clay or lpeoples@fau.edu.


 The following event will take place at FAU’s Davie campus, 3200 College Ave.:

 
Taste of Disability Luncheon 
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m.
Heritage Hall, Student Union

  
Participants will be assigned a disability and will experience that disability throughout the luncheon. A discussion will follow.  For more information, contactDalel Raide at draide2012@fau.edu.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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