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APSU plans activities as part of Disability Awareness Month throughout April 2011

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.

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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. A keynote speaker will be a part of the schedule, with light refreshments available for faculty, staff and students. A calendar of the month’s upcoming events also will be distributed.

The movie, “The Social Network,” will be shown at 11 a.m., April 5 in Einstein Bros. Bagels. The film tells the story of the founders of the social networking site, Facebook.

The STAR Center Access Express is from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 20 in the MUC Plaza. Commonly referred to as “the STAR Center on wheels, the mobile unit 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.

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 Shemberger