Week's activities at NIC to raise awareness of disabilities


College staff and students as well as community members will learn about disabilities and the various organizations that support individuals with disabilities during Disability Awareness Days April 10-13 held at both the NIC campus and Kootenai Medical Center.
 
“It is important that non-disabled individuals take the time to understand the needs and experiences of individuals with disabilities, so that we can support them in both education and in our community,” said NIC Center for Educational Access Coordinator Sharon Daniels-Bullock. “We hope that this week’s offerings will provide some of that insight.”
 
Monday, April 10
 
The NIC Diversity Events Committee will show “Radio” at 7 p.m. in Todd Hall inside NIC’s Molstead Library. The film is based on a true story and stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., as Radio, a mentally-challenged teenager, who is tormented by the football players at his school until the coach, played by Ed Harris, shows him compassion and makes him an assistant on the team. He goes on to become the athletic program’s inspiration and team leader in the small South Carolina town.
 
Leadership/Legislative Training by the Idaho State Independent Living Council will be provided for people with disabilities by invitation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 10 in the Fox Auditorium at Kootenai Medical Center.
 
Tuesday, April 11
 
NIC instructors will present “Lunch-and-Learn: Getting the Inside Track” to educate participants on disabilities as they relate to the classroom from noon to 1 p.m. in Lee-Kildow Hall Room 124.
 
NIC Information Technology Network Operations Specialist Bill Porath, who uses a wheelchair, will lead a tour of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building as he performs an Americans with Disabilities Act access assessment of the building from 11:30 to noon and from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
 
Bullock will present “Universal Design: Making Access Easier” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Crescent Bay Room of Edminster Student Union Building. The presentation will focus on universal design, which is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people.
 
Wednesday, April 12
 
Agencies that support individuals with disabilities will distribute information in the foyer of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Thomas Greib, counselor with the Veterans Administration in Washington, will present “The Aftermath of Global Wars: Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Driftwood Bay Room of Edminster Student Union Building.
 
The presentation will be followed by a talk by veteran Guy Lounsbury involving his personal accounts of war injuries and post traumatic stress disorder from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Driftwood Bay Room.
 
The following one-hour events will be held in Kootenai Medical Center’s Fox Auditorium:
 
“Disability Benefits Under Social Security” with Steve Hamman of the Disability Claims Service at 10 a.m. “Comprehensive Advocacy (Co-Ad)” by Co-Ad advocate Mel Liviton about Idaho’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities at 11:15 a.m. “Fresh Start for Homeless/Mentally Ill” by Gary Edwards and Rich Danford of Fresh Start Inc. at 12:45 p.m. “Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace” by Executive Director of the Disability Action Center Mark Leeper at 2 p.m. “Five Steps for Better Hearing” by Audiologist Tia Flynn at 3:15 p.m.
 
Thursday, April 13
 
Agencies that support individuals with disabilities will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the foyer of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.
 
Students and community members will experience what it’s like to have a disability by participating in awareness exercises from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.
 
Experiencing blindness or visual impairment: Patrice Wheeler from the NIC Center for Educational Access will present “Getting Your Bearings” in the Windy Bay Lounge.
 
Experiencing deafness or hearing impairment: JeanGay Thomas from the Center for Educational Access will present “Conversational Sign Language” in the Half Round Bay Room.
 
Experiencing learning disabilities: Lisa Dobson from NIC’s Student Support Services will present “Hands on with Learning Disabilities” in the Windy Bay Lounge.
 
Harry Amend, superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene School District, will wrap up the week’s events by presenting awards to students for their essays written about disabilities at 3:30 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.
 
The event is coordinated by the NIC Center for Educational Access and the Disability Action Center.
 
All events are free and open to the public. Parking permits will not be required to park on campus the week of the event.
 
For a complete schedule of events, call the Center for Educational Access at (208) 769-5947.


For More Information
Center for Educational Access Coordinator Sharon Daniels-Bullock, (208) 769-7794

Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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