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More alike than different: Disability Awareness Week kicks of Monday
Erik Dodge
Antelope Staff

The CIA has been operating on campus since 1992, but it hasn’t tried to stay secret.

On Nov. 15 the Collegians for Integration and Accessibility (CIA) will kick off its 17th Annual Disability Awareness Week.

The group will host eight events over four days including student and guest speakers, a student panel, a march, a teacher workshop and a showing of HBO’s Emmy award-winning movie “Temple Grandin.” CIA President Josh Beck says the goal is to raise awareness and provide education.

“We hope to educate everyone about many different types of disabilities. It’s more that those people have a different situation, and with accommodations we’re all the same,” said the senior math and physics major.

Beck said he is looking forward to hearing the keynote speaker Jeff Krull and the student presentations. Krull is a south central Nebraska resident and UNK alumnus with muscular dystrophy. He will speak about his experiences with work, international travel, hardship and about his personal philosophy: “Life is too much fun and too short to cry over spilled milk.”

CIA Vice President Lisa Kent will share her experience attending college with epilepsy, and CIA Secretary Heather Walker will discuss her success story about life with spina bifida.

The student panel will provide an opportunity for a Q and A session with students who have disabilities.

“Everyone in the entire community is welcome to come sit in on this and they can ask students basically anything they want to know,” Beck said.

Past panels have featured keynote speakers and Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska.

On Thursday, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will present a discussion that addresses how to accommodate students with disabilities in online courses. A panel with members from Academic Success, eCampus, the faculty and CTE will hold a discussion moderated by Vice Chancellor Charles Bicak. Lunch will be provided, so an RSVP to CTE is required.  

“It’s become a rising issue to make sure eCampus is as accessible as the main campus,” Beck said.

He wants faculty to know how to make their classes accessible.

“It’s always an option to find a way to accommodate people with disabilities,” he said.

CIA has over 60 members and is open to everyone.

“Everybody who believes in standing up for abilities and making everything accessible for everyone can join,” Beck said.

Disability Awareness Week will kick off at noon Monday at the Cope Fountain with the fourth Annual Ability March.

Disability Awareness Week Calendar of Events

Monday, Nov. 15
4th Annual Ability March, Cope Fountain, 12 p.m.
UNK Active Minds Presentation, Copeland Hall 130, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Students with Disabilities Student Panel, Nebraskan Student  Union, Sandhills Room, 2-4:30 p.m.
Epilepsy and Learning, Copeland Hall 130, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Spina Bifida, a Student Presentation, Nebraskan Student Union 310, 12:20-1:10 p.m.
Disability? Not Me. Jeff Krull, UNK Alumni Disability Awareness Week Guest Speaker, Copeland Hall 130, 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18
Center for Teaching Excellence Presents: Accommodating Students with Disabilities in On-Line Courses, Communication Center Building #101, 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Movie Night – “Temple Grandin,” Copeland Hall 130, Winner of Five 2010 Emmy Awards, 7-9 p.m.


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