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D-Day is Coming to UWG

The Student Development Center, Disability Services, Achiever’s Organization and the Department of Physical Education will host the second annual UWG Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with campus wide events scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sharon Nunnally

Sharon Nunnally

Disability Day or D-Day will go over the top to raise the awareness level at West Georgia. It is the largest event of its kind to be organized on campus.

“It is the students doing most of the work,” explained Sharon Nunnally, assistant coordinator of Disability Services and coordinator of the event. “It’s been a real collaborative effort across campus.”

That collaboration stretches from the campus to across the nation. The UWG Bookstore will provide the tee shirts, the Department of Music will share its jazz and the School of Nursing will help with medical checkups.

Liz Butts, physical education instructor and also a co-coordinator of the event, and her Adaptive Physical Education class will help with the event and the Achievers, an on-campus student organization that promotes awareness and advocacy for students with mobility issues will also help with D-Day activities.  
Guests include Ironman Triathlete and double amputee Scott Rigsby and representatives from the Blaze Sports Club. Motivational speaker Rigsby is scheduled to speak in the Campus Center with a panel of community guests, faculty, staff and students discussing and answering questions about their disabilities afterward. Blaze reps will demonstrate wheelchair basketball and tennis and other sports throughout the day.

Other activities include a “Turn a Deaf Ear to Your Professor for the Day,” a new D-Day event that encourages students and members of the West Georgia community to simulate hearing loss.

With permission from their professors, participating students will wear earplugs during classes. Students are responsible for obtaining all lecture materials through another student, a digital recorder or a captioning assistant if the class is captioned.

Participants can raise money through pledges for the time they spend participating in the experiment or they can pay a $2 registration fee without pledging. The funds collected will benefit the university’s captioning program.

“As an educational institution our goal is to educate all people whenever possible,” said Nunnally. “Disability Day allows all of us to increase our awareness.”

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