Unity steps up awareness of disability
Two programs invite students to experience campus life facing additional challenges
In recognition of National Disability Awareness Month, Unity College is honoring individuals who live with a disability by offering two programs this month.
The Learning Resource Center, Wellness Center, Disabilities Task Force, and Unity College Veterans are holding two on-campus events to create awareness of disability:
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Oct. 30, “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” is an activity for staff and faculty who choose to sign up and experience what it would be like to work a day (or part of a day) in a wheelchair, on crutches, or in some other way challenging themselves to live with a disability. Three wheelchairs and four sets of crutches will be made available for staff and faculty to sign out.
- Friday, Oct. 30 from noon to 3 pm, “Diversity Games,” which is part of the Deans Cup series, will provide students the opportunity to experience challenges similar to those experienced by people with disabilities.
Elsewhere, students and staff are being asked to create awareness of disability-related topics. Such topics might focus on individuals who have overcome the challenges of a disability, or engage individuals in thinking about “universal design” and how those with a disability are only disabled in a disabling environment.
“Diversity has been and continues to be one of the main points of emphasis for Unity College,” said Dean for Student Affairs Gary Zane. “It’s fitting that this is a student-led initiative, since Unity students know inherently that campus diversity strengthens our community.”