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APSU plans activities as part of Disability Awareness Month in April

Walking to class, listening to a lecture, reading a sentence accurately or typing e-mail are daily actions most people can do without thinking twice.

But for those who have disabilities, such activities can be a challenge. Their world is different.

Thats what the Office of Disability Services at Austin Peay State University wants people to understand. April is Disability Awareness Month, and activities are designed so that the public can see how different life is with a disability.
Walking to class, listening to a lecture, reading a sentence accurately or typing e-mail are daily actions most people can do without thinking twice.

But for those who have disabilities, such activities can be a challenge. Their world is different.

That's what the Office of Disability Services at Austin Peay State University wants people to understand. April is Disability Awareness Month, and activities are designed so that the public can see how different life is with a disability.

A documentary, titled “Murderball,” will be shown at 8 p.m., Friday, April 7 in Clement Auditorium. The film follows the lives of rugby players who are quadriplegics. The players are seen in action on the court in their reinforced wheelchairs, as well as off the court. The film is R-rated, so parental discretion is advised.

The STAR Center Access Express, commonly referred to as the “STAR Center on wheels” by staffers and consumers, is 2-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 12 at the Morgan University Center Plaza. The Access Express provides computer access evaluation, workplace accommodations, employer orientations and assistive technology evaluations to those in need of the services but who are unable to access them.

The Wheelchair, Blind, Crutches Challenge (WBC Challenge) will be noon-2 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 at Morgan University Center. The WBC Challenge is an obstacle course that will enable students who do not have a disability to understand the difficulties those with disabilities face every day.

For more information about the activities planned during Disability Awareness Month, contact APSU's Office of Disability Services by telephone at (931) 221-6230. The text telephone number, or TTY, is (931) 221-6278. — Melony Leazer