Disability Awareness Week
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Students for an Accessible Society (SAS) will host its annual Disability Awareness Week from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7-10, fostering understanding of the challenges people living with disabilities face.
“Disability Awareness Week is an opportunity for the community to experience some of the challenges faced by other community members and to learn about other conditions with which they’ve had limited experience,” said Mark Maddy, Ed.D., faculty adviser to SAS.
“The presence of service providers, agencies, and advocacy organizations also offers an important educational opportunity to learn who to turn to in case the need arises in their families.”
Disability Awareness Week activities will take place on the sidewalk north of Broncho Lake on Central’s campus. In the event of inclement weather, all events scheduled for that day will be moved indoors to the Nigh University Center third-floor ballrooms.
Disability Awareness Week events are as follows:
- Visual Impairment, April 7: The week will kick off with blind and visual challenges where participants will use canes, blindfolds and goggles to simulate the challenges blind or visually disabled individuals encounter. Participants will face barriers such as trashcans, tables and bystanders. Others will be challenged to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, decipher U.S. coins, write their name, and draw a picture – all while blindfolded.
- Hidden Disabilities, April 8: Participants will learn about hidden disabilities, like learning disabilities and hearing impairments. Tests and games will simulate various learning disability challenges, and a hearing loss simulation kit will be available to identify challenges the hearing-impaired face.
- Agency and Service Provider Fair, April 9: Agencies that serve those with disabilities will be on campus to provide participants the opportunity to interact with various assistive technology devices and share how technology is making information more accessible to those with disabilities. Local agencies that wish to participate should contact Maddy at email@example.com.
- Mobility Impairments, April 10: Participants will complete physical challenges including maneuvering a wheelchair through a maze.
Where: University of Central Oklahoma
Address: 100 N. University