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Monday, October 25, 1999
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Disability week begins today

UH activities to educate campus on various types of disabilities

By Michelle Norton
Daily Cougar Staff 

The Center for Students with DisABILITIES will kick off its first Disability Awareness Week since 1993 today.

The week is designed to educate and promote awareness of different types of disabilities.

CSD Director Cheryl Amoruso said students will be able to apply the information they learn during the week to the real world.

"It is a valuable educational tool to prepare people for the real world," Amoruso said. "Anybody who is going on to employment will come across people with disabilities."

The week's activities will focus on people with a variety of disabilities, from physical disabilities to visual impairment to learning disorders and chemical sensitivities, she said.

The events kick off today with an opening ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lynn Eusan Park. Speakers will include Elwyn Lee, vice president for Student Affairs; Clyde Drexler, head coach of the Cougar men's basketball team; and David Small, associate vice president of Student Affairs.

The ceremony will also include a presentation of faculty and staff awards.

Two-time Peabody Award winner and Dateline correspondent John Hockenberry will lecture about disabilities from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center's Houston Room. Following the discussion, Hockenberry will sign copies of his new book Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence.

Students will be able to gain additional insight into disabilities Wednesday at a trade and poster show, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the World Affairs Lounge, UC Underground. Exhibits will provide information about disabilities, and disability-related books will be available for purchase.

At Thursday's Disabled for a Day event, participants will get a hands-on perspective on disabilities by finding out what it is like to have a learning disability or psychiatric disorder. Wheelchair rides and blindfolded walks will also be available at the circular drive in front of the UC.

Also on Thursday, UH staff and disabled students will lead campus accessibility tours, in which members of the UH community will tour the campus by wheelchair, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. To schedule a tour, call Juanita Jackson at (713) 743-5385.

Students, faculty and staff can also take a ride to class in a wheelchair in the UH wheelchair-accessible van from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Rides will be given on a first-come, first-served basis; for reservations, call Chi Eziakonwa at (713) 743-5112.

The final activity will be a wheelchair basketball game at 6 p.m. Thursday at the outdoor basketball courts on Wheeler Street. Campus residents, other students and athletes from the Metropolitan Multiservice Center will compete -- all in wheelchairs. For more information, call Susan Fitzpatrick at (713) 743-6051.

For additional information about any of the Disability Awareness Week activities, call the CSD at (713) 743-5400.
 

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