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October 2005

Release date: October 13, 2005

Kinesiology Students to Get First-hand Experience with Disabilities

The Angelo State University Department of Kinesiology will participate in several activities in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, students in the graduate Adaptive Physical Education class will assume a disability for the day. They could end up in a wheelchair or wearing a blindfold, among other modifications, to simulate being disabled.

Students will spend the entire day with their disability, noting how it affects their lives and how accessible public and private facilities are to them. That evening, the students will share their experiences at a banquet sponsored by San Angelo Community Medical Center at 6 p.m. at Rio Concho West.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the West Texas Rehab Tumbleweeds wheelchair basketball team will face off against a team of community advocates of the disabled in a game at 2 p.m. in the Center for Human Performance gymnasium.

Earlier this month, Larry Evans spoke to the Adaptive Physical Education students about living with disabilities. Evans lost an arm and a leg in an electrical accident and is home medical equipment manager at West Texas Rehab. He also will be one of the speakers at the Oct. 20 dinner.

Pres. George W. Bush designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The goal of the observance is to celebrate the accomplishments of the disabled and to ensure that the opportunities of America are available and accessible to every citizen.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathleen Price at 942-2365, Ext. 225