Celebrating everyday achievements: Rowan to mark Disability Awareness Week

The Rowan University community will celebrate everyday achievements, contributions--and successes--of people with disabilities during Disability Awareness Week, Oct. 24-27.
The Rowan University community will celebrate everyday achievements, contributions--and successes--of people with disabilities during Disability Awareness Week, Oct. 24-27.

Guest speakers during the week will include people with disabilities who have achieved success in sports, entertainment, and business. Events will include a film screening, performances, faculty research presentations, and a resource fair.

The theme for Disability Awareness Week is "A Day in the Life." All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 24

Noon: Disability Awareness Week kick-off event. The Academic Resource Center and Disability Resources will honor three members of the Rowan community with "Dedicated Professional and Faculty Awards." (Pit of the Chamberlain Student Center)

2-3 p.m.: Rowan students will discuss living with disabilities (Education Hall, Room 2098).

7 p.m.: Screening of the documentary film, "Shake, Rattle and Roll," followed by a question-and-answer session with the Rowan student filmmakers. The film documents the love stories-and wheelchair ballroom dancing performances-of two couples affected by the disability of one of the spouses (Pit).

7:50 p.m.:  Performance by Reesa and the Rooters, a '70s New Wave band. The band's lead singer, Reesa Marchetti, who has multiple sclerosis and is profiled in "Shake, Rattle and Roll," entertains crowds from her power scooter (Pit).

Tuesday, Oct. 25

11 a.m.: Rowan alumna Laura Schwanger, a member of the U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team, will discuss her experiences as a medal-winning athlete (Room 221, Chamberlain Student Center).

1-3 p.m.: Try on a Disability event. Members of the Rowan community will gain knowledge about what it's like to be blind, in a wheelchair, or have a learning disability through challenging exercises presented by students and faculty members with disabilities (Main level, Chamberlain Student Center).

9 p.m.: Tim Grill, "The Barely Can Standing Comic," will perform. A professional comedian who was born with spina bifida, Grill has performed at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, among other venues. (Pit).

Wednesday, Oct. 26

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Rowan community members will have the opportunity to learn about the latest in assistive technology products to help people with disabilities during Technopalooza 2011 (Memorial Hall, Training Room A).

Thursday, Oct. 27

10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Resource Fair designed to provide information and services to people with disabilities (Pit).

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Rowan faculty members will present poster sessions on their work and research focusing on the disability community (Pit).

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Dancers with the American Dance Wheels Foundation will perform--and challenge able-bodied members of the Rowan community to give wheelchair ballroom dancing a try--during their second annual appearance at Rowan (General Exercise Room, Rec Center).

3:15 p.m.: Rowan professors Jay Kuder and Jay Chaskes will join forces to provide training to faculty members about working with students with Asperger Syndrome (Room 3114, Education Hall).

Friday, Oct. 28

10-11 a.m.: "Accessibility and Your Apple Computer" will inform users how to better utilize Apple technology (Memorial Hall, Training Room A).

11 a.m.: Zarifa Roberson of the Philadelphia-based magazine i.d.e.a.l (Individuals with Disabilities Express About Life) magazine will discuss her work as founder of the publication. The magazine is targeted to--and promotes positive images of--urban young people with disabilities (Second-floor Admissions Presentation Room, Savitz Hall).

For more information about any of the Disability Awareness Week events, contact the Academic Resource Center, (856) 256-4259 or visit www.rowan.edu/studentaffairs/asc/.

For a look at last year's Disability Awareness Week events, visit Rowan's YouTube page at: http://www.youtube.com/rowanuniversity#p/u/38/HFHZ8ZMlHQw.