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The 11th Annual Disability Awareness Week at UIS was a great success! The speakers were great, the events were fantastic, and it really helped to create a greater awareness of the struggles and successes that a person with disabilities deals with on a daily basis.

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Photos by Jeremy Wilburn and Chrisa Potthast

 

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The week started off with an information fair to help students know what to look for when they come to college. There were tables set up with information to hand out and for them to be able to ask questions at. Future college students were able to talk one-on-one with people about any concerns they had. There were tables set up with information to hand out and for them to be able to ask questions at. There were tables set up with information to hand out and for them to be able to ask questions at.
The Wheelchair Race showed people how difficult it really is to not only navigate, but also what it's like to have to be in a wheelchair for an extended period of time. These two students are racing to the finish line after the Wheelchair races. Some people prefer to use teamwork to finish the race. Riding into the sunset. Speakers have been presenting topics to bring awareness to students, staff, faculty, and others.
There is a special community among those with an understanding of disabilities and they treat one another like family. An open forum invited people to talk about being an advocate for disability awareness. Color Me Blind involved students to be blindfolded and then paint a picture.  It's not as easy as it looks. Color Me Blind involved students to be blindfolded and then asked to paint a picture. As if it isn't enough that he was blindfolded, this student decided to try his hand at backwards painting.
Color Me Blind involved students to be blindfolded and then asked to paint a picture. A speaker on Wednesday morning exhibited some cheap assisitive devices for people with disabilities. A speaker on Wednesday morning exhibited some cheap assisitive devices for people with disabilities. The UIS Career Services Office provided a workshop to show their services available to disabled students.

The UIS Career Services Office provided a workshop to show their services available to disabled students.

The UIS Career Services Office provided a workshop to show their services available to disabled students. One of the TRAC employees demonstrates some of the exercises available for a disabled person at the new recreation and athletic facility. One of the TRAC employees demonstrates some of the exercises available for a disabled person at the new recreation and athletic facility. One of the TRAC employees demonstrates some of the exercises available for a disabled person at the new recreation and athletic facility. One of the TRAC employees demonstrates some of the exercises available for a disabled person at the new recreation and athletic facility.
One of the TRAC employees demonstrates some of the exercises available for a disabled person at the new recreation and athletic facility. Matt Glowacki gave a great presentation on diversity.  He was not only funny, but his message was right on target.  Visit his website at http://www.mattglowacki.com. Matt Glowacki gave a great presentation on diversity.  He was not only funny, but his message was right on target.  Visit his website at http://www.mattglowacki.com. Matt Glowacki gave a great presentation on diversity.  He was not only funny, but his message was right on target.  Visit his website at http://www.mattglowacki.com. Matt Glowacki gave a great presentation on diversity.  He was not only funny, but his message was right on target.  Visit his website at http://www.mattglowacki.com.
It was a full house for Matt Glowacki. Thursday morning, a UIS alumni with Epilepsy talked about her experiences with her disability. Model Me Blind let students try to sculpt something with clay while blindfolded. The Office of Disability Services held an open house on Friday which had an impressive turnout. The Office of Disability Services held an open house on Friday which had an impressive turnout.
The Office of Disability Services held an open house on Friday which had an impressive turnout. The Office of Disability Services held an open house on Friday which had an impressive turnout. The Office of Disability Services held an open house on Friday which had an impressive turnout. The Wheelchair Race showed people how difficult it really is to not only navigate, but also what it's like to have to be in a wheelchair for an extended period of time. Model Me Blind let students try to sculpt something with clay while blindfolded.
Model Me Blind let students try to sculpt something with clay while blindfolded. Model Me Blind let students try to sculpt something with clay while blindfolded. Model Me Blind let students try to sculpt something with clay while blindfolded.