News & Events
October 21, 2013
UNC Asheville will host its second annual Disability Awareness Week with a talk by extreme athlete Bobby McMullen and a variety of other events from Oct. 28-Nov. 1 on UNC Asheville’s campus.
“The goal of Disability Awareness Week is to raise awareness of disability rights and the need to continue efforts for equality for persons with disabilities, and to embrace disability as diversity.” said Joshua Kaufman, assistant director of Disability Services and Learning Support at UNC Asheville.
Kaufman is president of the North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability and was appointed by former Governor Perdue to the North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council.
“Disability is diversity,” Kaufman said. “UNC Asheville’s definition of diversity, as well as most other social institutions’, includes disability. In fact on UNC Asheville’s campus the largest minority group is students with disabilities.”
Disability awareness week includes some special activities for students; the following events are free and open to the public:
- Now through Nov. 1: Disability Awareness Week kicks off with “Challenging Our Perceptions,” an exhibition in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. Through a partnership with BPM Fabrications, a local prosthetic and orthopedic device manufacturer, the exhibit features a blend of art and technology that allows orthopedic and prosthetic wearers to express their imaginations and personalities through unique devices.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29: Keynote speaker Bobby McMullen, an athlete who has remained competitive in skiing and mountain biking despite a number of disabilities, will screen the documentary about his life, “The Way Bobby Sees It,” at 7 p.m., in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. McMullen will lead a discussion following the screening.A silent auction including items donated and autographed by McMullen, and items donated from local bike shops, will be held before the documentary screening, at 6:30 p.m., benefiting the Asheville division Industries for the Blind.
- Thursday, Oct. 31: Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind will host activities from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in UNC Asheville Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall, that give fully sighted people ways to experience visual impairment or blindness . Stations may include a guide dog etiquette station, braille activity, cane and blindfold practice, blind audio darts, video stations, and blindfolded golf outside
Disability Awareness Week is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Office of Disability Services, SAIL, the Department of Psychology, the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness, BPM Fabircations and the Asheville Division of Industries for the Blind.
For more information, visit the Disability Services website, or call 828.232.5050.