Access & Inclusion Week at Rowan to raise awareness of disability rights

Access & Inclusion Week at Rowan to raise awareness of disability rights

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Programs and events focusing on raising awareness of disability rights will highlight Access & Inclusion Week at Rowan University, Friday, Oct. 20-Friday, Oct. 27.

Sponsored by the Academic Success Center and Disability Resources in cooperation with a host of other Rowan departments, Access & Inclusion Week includes a guest talk by Judy Heumann, an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights and social justice communities, and a benefit concert by Gooch and the Motion, a South Jersey-based music group.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 20

Personal fitness trainer and motivational speaker Matthew Rich presents “Courageous Perspective: The Gift of Living with Cerebral Palsy” (2 p.m., Boyd Recital Hall, Wilson Hall).

Paralympics Sports Day, featuring wheelchair rugby, basketball and goal ball, will showcase wheelchair athletes (2 p.m., Rec Center Gym, Court 2).

Monday, Oct. 23

Opening ceremonies for Access & Inclusion Week will include the presentation of awards to members of the University community who go above and beyond in their support of students with disabilities (10 a.m., lobby of Business Hall). The following folks will be honored:

- Julie A. Peterson, director of the Office of Student Enrichment and Family Connections;
- Chantee Leggett, director of residential dining for Gourmet Dining in the Marketplace;
- Scott Woodside, director for student health services at the Wellness Center;
- Allie Pearce, assistant director of Healthy Campus Initiatives at the Wellness Center;
- Department Award: Office of Career Advancement.

An Access & Inclusion Resource Fair will provide information on services for people with disabilities (11 a.m.-3 p.m., lobby, Chamberlain Student Center).

ProfTalks, an evening of presentations by students and members of the University community, will focus on disability awareness (6:30 p.m., Owl’s Nest, Chamberlain Student Center).

The Motion: Gooch’s Journey, a documentary that focuses on musician Ryan “Gooch” Nelson, will be screened. A question-and-answer session featuring Nelson and director Joshua Stern will follow (8 p.m., Room 221, Chamberlain Student Center).

Tuesday, Oct. 24

A film screening of James Castle: Portrait of An Artist, will be presented. The documentary film examines the artistic life of a deaf artist in rural Idaho. (2 p.m., Room 221, Chamberlain Student Center).

Students will present a panel discussion on hidden disabilities (8 p.m., Room 144, Chamberlain Student Center).

Wednesday, Oct. 25

“Deaf, But Never Silent: Communicating with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students,” will be presented by Rowan alumna Kimberly Erskine (2 p.m., Room 221, Chamberlain Student Center).

Thursday, Oct. 26

Judy Heumann, an internationally recognized leader of the disability rights and social justice communities, will discuss her work and involvement. The presentation will include a screening of film clips from Lives Worth Living, which chronicles the disability rights movement. A question-and-answer session will follow (10 a.m., Room 221, Chamberlain Student Center).

Friday, Oct. 27

Gooch and the Motion will present a concert to benefit the Music in Motion Foundation (8 p.m., Boyd Recital Hall, Wilson Hall). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students.

A Chill and Chat session on access and inclusion will be presented by Healthy Campus Initiatives (11 a.m.-noon, Training Room, Wellness Center, Winans Hall).

For information on the events for Access & Inclusion Week, contact John Woodruff, woodruff@rowan.edu or 856-256-4234.