Walking to class, listening to a lecture, reading a sentence accurately or typing email 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 with a disability is.
The month begins with a kick-off from 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, April 2 in the Morgan University Center, room 303 and 305. APSU President Tim Hall will unveil the Disability Awareness Month theme.
The seventh annual Wheelchair Basketball Game will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center. APSU students are invited to play along with the professional players of the Music City Lightning wheelchair basketball team.
The APSU Office of Disability Services will have an open house from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 in the MUC, Room 114. The campus community is invited to learn about the services provided for students with disabilities.
This month’s disability awareness activities also will feature a dance program called Chance to Dance, 10 a.m.-noon, April 14, 21 and 28 in the Memorial Health Building, Studio B. Youth between the ages of 8-13 with disabilities will learn basic dance skills, rhythm and creative expression. This event is sponsored by APSU’s dance program and the Office of Disability Services.
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. - Dr. Melony Shemberger