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Disability Awareness Month events to be held in October

October is Disability Awareness Month at Penn State. The intent is to promote an atmosphere where individuals are comfortable discussing and exploring questions about accessibility, equality, and inclusion for people with disabilities. At Penn State Berks, several events are scheduled throughout the month for students, faculty, and staff.

A discussion about Disabilities in the Media will be led by Dr. Thomas P. Jordan, Lecturer in English, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, on Wednesday, October 10, at 1 p.m. in room 145, Thun Library. This presentation will explore how individuals with disabilities are represented in popular films, such as 300.

Two film screenings depicting disabilities in the media will be held. The first film, Temple Grandin, will be shown on Thursday, October 11, at 8 p.m. in room 3 of Perkins Student Center.  This film paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination, as she struggles with the isolating challenges of autism during a time when little was known about it.

Additionally, a screening of Music Within will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 8 p.m. in room 3 of Perkins Student Center. The true story of a brilliant public speaker, this film portrays a man who returns from Vietnam severely hearing-impaired, and later becomes an activist for individuals with disabilities.

The Dancing Wheels Company performance, part of the Arts and Lecture series, will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at 8 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This event, held in conjunction with Disability Awareness Month, features a professional, physically integrated dance company that combines the talents of dancers with and without disabilities.

For more information, contact Yuriko Beaman, Disability Services Coordinator, at 610-396-6410 or via email at YNB1@psu.edu.

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