UWG “Celebrates Abilities” for Sixth Annual DisABILITIES Awareness Day

Monday, October 22, 2012

Come “Celebrate Abilities” with the University of West Georgia on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In honor of National Disability Awareness Month, UWG hopes to raise awareness and have fun while appreciating the diversity brought to our campus by students who have various disabilities.

Come “Celebrate Abilities” with the University of West Georgia on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In honor of National Disability Awareness Month, UWG hopes to raise awareness and have fun while appreciating the diversity brought to our campus by students who have various disabilities.Activities are sponsored by the Achievers, a student organization that promotes awareness and advocacy for students with physical disabilities; Counseling and Career Development; the Department of Leadership and Instruction and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. All events and activities take place in or near the Technology Learning Center (TLC) and the University Campus Center (UCC). They are free and open to the public and include free food, drinks and ice cream!

Returning this year is the popular wheelchair rally. Participants will tour the beautiful UWG campus on wheelchairs to experience life from a different perspective. As part of the annual celebration at UWG, Blaze Sports America invites everyone to experience in adaptive games and other sports related-activities. In other popular DisABILITIES Day activities, participants will make PB&J sandwiches while blindfolded. They will also do other daily tasks – tying shoes, tossing beanbags and stacking cups – while experiencing various physical limitations.

In addition, vendors who provide a wide array of products and services for people with disabilities will be on hand to demonstrate adaptive technologies and provide information. Participants will learn how today’s technology is used to increase independence and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion will be present recognizing individuals with disabilities for societal inclusion. The UWG Peer Health Educators will be present with alcohol related information promoting awareness that alcohol is often a cause of acquired disabilities.

“Celebrate Abilities” Interactive Events
9:00 - 2:00

Are you up for a challenge? Do you have the ability to do an ordinary task in a totally new way?

Health & Physical Education majors will have on-going experiences simulating different disabilities such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich blindfolded, visually impaired corn hole toss, wheelchair and walker challenges, restricted hand and finger challenges.

9:00 - 2:00

This experience promises to be challenging and give you a brand new sensory reliance!Beep Kickball

There will be pickup games of blindfold kickball where participants rely on hearing to kick a beeping ball and run to beeping bases.

Campus Center HPE Gym

10:00 - 12:00 Try a sport challenge in a new way!

BLAZE Sports from Atlanta will return with sport-adapted wheelchairs for playing wheelchair basketball and sit volleyball.

Campus Center Main Gym

11:30 - 12:30

Panel Discussion on Being “Differently Able"

A panel of UWG students and alums--Aimee Copeland, Justin Wilson, Hannah Perkins, Misty Smith, Danielle Vincent--will celebrate abilities in a discussion moderated by Dr. Michael Hester, Dean of the Honors College and Extended Programs. Come listen, learn and be inspired!

Campus Center Ballroom 108.1 & 108.2
1:00 - 2:00

Mix and mingle while you rock and roll with a brand new perspective! Take a spin and see the campus in a whole new way!

Wheelchair Rally: The UWG Sport Management Society and student majors will be leading this team challenge event open to students interested in learning what it would be like to maneuver the center of campus in a wheelchair.

Campus Center Patio Area

For more information, contact Disability Services at 678-839-6428.