News Release

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In honor of October as DisAbilities Awareness month, Western Technical College DisAbility Support Specialist faculty and students, together with Western’s Diversity Taskforce, are sponsoring a series of events that are free and open to the public.

Activities include:

• “Understanding Visual Impairments” presentation, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Health Science Center, Room 2015.

• Panel of guest speakers with Intellectual Disabilities, Thursday, Oct. 7, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Health Science Center, Room 2002. The speakers will share information about the challenges and accomplishments of their lives.

• DisAbility Sensitivity Training, Tuesday, Oct. 11, Noon-1:00 p.m., Lunda Center. Participants will get a glimpse of what it might be like to have a visual, hearing, learning and physical disAbility.

• Panel of guest speakers with Cerebral Palsy, Thursday, Oct. 14, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Health Science Center, Room 2002. The speakers will share information about the challenges and accomplishments of their lives.

• Capable Canines Demonstration, 12:30-1:00 p.m., Kumm Center Student Union. See how service dogs are trained to help people with disAbilities.

• “From Institution to Advocate: Harry’s Story,” Monday, Oct. 25, 11:00 a.m.-Noon, Health Science Center, Room 2012. Hear a first-hand account of life in an institution for people with developmental disAbilities, and how one man uses his story to advocate for people with intellectual disAbilities.

• Panel of guest speakers with Traumatic Brain Injuries, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Health Science Center, Room 2002. The speakers will share information about the challenges and accomplishments of their lives.

• Silent Luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 26, Noon-1:00 p.m., Health Science Center, Room 2064. Attendees will attempt to carry on dinner conversation without speaking. This fun event is designed to appreciate the world of people with communication and/or hearing impairments.

• Kyrgyz Republic Delegation roundtable discussion, Thursday, Oct. 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Health Science Center, Room 2066. Delegates visiting the La Crosse area will discuss disAbility services and programs in the United States & Kyrgyzstan.

Western’s DisAbility Support Specialist program is the only one of its kind in the state. It prepares graduates to give direct-service support to people with developmental and other disAbilities in community settings.

For questions regarding Western’s DisAbility Awareness Month activities, call Denise Lorenz at 608.789.6272 or email her at lorenzd@westerntc.edu . For information about additional programs and services at Western Technical College, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at www.westerntc.edu.