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FAU to Host Events for Disability Awareness Month

 

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 5, 2015) – Florida Atlantic University will be hosting events at its Davie, Jupiter, and Boca Raton campuses to commemorate Disability Awareness Month during October. The events are sponsored by FAU’s Office for Students with Disabilities and are open to FAU students, faculty, and staff.

 

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

 

Disability Awareness Luncheon
Tuesday, Oct. 6, from noon to 2 p.m.
SD 105

The Disability Awareness Luncheon is an annual event in which participants eat a light lunch while assuming a specific disability.


 

 

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

 

Disability Awareness Luncheon
Wednesday, Oct. 7, from noon to 2 p.m.
The Burrow

The Disability Awareness Luncheon is an annual event in which participants eat a light lunch while assuming a specific disability.


 

 

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

 

Goalball Game
Monday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
FAU Recreation & Fitness Center

Goalball is a team sport for blind athletes. Teams of three try to throw a ball embedded with bells into the opponents’ goal while wearing goggles that mimic a visual impairment. Participants judge the position and movement of the ball by the sound of the bell. The goalball game will be officiated by Donte Mickens, U.S. Paralympian and international goalball competitor.


 

Blind Yoga
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m.
FAU Recreation & Fitness Center

 

Wind down from a busy day with this beginner’s yoga class for the blind and visually impaired. Participants will learn breathing techniques, meditation, and physical postures for health and relaxation.


 

Wheelchair Basketball
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
FAU Recreation & Fitness Center

One of the most popular events of the month is wheelchair basketball, which is basketball played while seated in wheelchairs. This team sport is one of the most practiced sports for athletes with disabilities. Wheelchair basketball will be officiated by Matt Glowacki, former U.S. Paralympian and motivational speaker.


 

Disability Awareness Expo
Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, FAU Student Union

This event will showcase area vendors of assistive technology, which is technology that supports people with disabilities. There also will be opportunities to experience disability simulations.


 

 

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About Florida Atlantic University:

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 critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas 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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