:: Disability Awareness Days show students and staff life with limitations ::

Disability Awareness Days show students and staff life with limitations – Front Page


Andrew Knittle

Issue date: 3/29/07 Section: Front Page

Media Credit: Travis Marak

“UCO Psychology instructor Gloria Shadid maneuvers through the wheelchair challenge obstacle course during Disability Awareness Days March 28 at Broncho Lake.

For most people, the idea of living with a disability is not something they like to think about, let alone experience firsthand.

UCO’s fifth annual Disability Awareness Days, held at Broncho Lake March 26 through March 28, gave students and others more than just the opportunity to ponder the reality of becoming disabled.

The event actually made them disabled, at least for a few minutes.

Kimberly Fields, assistant director of UCO’s Disability Support Services, said students needed to get accustomed to feeling empathy for those with disabilities – even if they don’t actually know anybody with life-altering impairments.

‘Whether it is themselves, a parent, a brother or sister, 90 percent of all college students will be affected by disabilities in the next 20 years,’ Fields said. …”

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