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UIS events will mark Disability Awareness Week

March 14, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will host a number of activities in observance of Disability Awareness Week, April 4 through 8.  Events range from demonstrations of the latest adaptive technology to a wheelchair basketball game, screening of a major motion picture, and a demonstration of adaptive martial arts. All events will be held on the UIS campus and are free and open to the public; all facilities are fully accessible to the mobility-impaired.

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Events for Monday, April 4, will focus on demonstrations of adaptive technology held in room 15 of the Student Life Building.  The day will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with an Adaptive Technology Hardware and Software Overview. In between, there will be hour-long sessions on Dragon Dictate – Dictation Software (10 a.m.); Adaptive Hardware for the Computer User (11 a.m.); ABBYY Fine Reader OCR Scanning Software (noon); Text Help Gold – Learning Disabilities Software (1 p.m.); Video Phone – Video Relay for Deaf/HOH Individuals (2 p.m.); and Zoom Text Extra – Magnification and Screen Reading Software (3 p.m.).

Tuesday, April 5, will feature a Mini-Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center concourse. Hosted by the Office of Disability Services, the fair will provide information about a number of campus and community organizations and the services they provide.  Also on Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., an audio conference on “Accommodating Students with Disabilities with Off-Campus Placements: Who and How?” will be held in Public Affairs Center conference room C/D.

Events on Wednesday, April 6, include a brown bag presentation on “Creative Strategies for Accommodating Students with Learning Disabilities” from noon to 1 p.m. in PAC C/D.  The discussion will be led by Kimberly Rutherford, disability services learning specialist at UIS. At 6:30 p.m. in PAC C/D a game of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Group Style” will be hosted by John Miller, director of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. The game will feature prizes and refreshments.  Groups of six or less can register to play by calling the UIS Office of Disability Services at 206-6668.

On Thursday, April 7, the award-winning film The Hours (starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman) will be shown at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. The Hours tells the story of how Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have to deal with the trauma of suicide.

On Friday, April 8, Kimberly Pate, Miss Wheelchair Illinois 2004 and a UIS alumna, will be present to kick off the Eighth Annual Wheel Chair Basketball Game. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the UIS Gym, the game pits the UIUC Whizz Kids, part of the U of I’s world-class wheelchair athletics program, against the UIS Wheelies, a team of faculty, staff, and students coached by UIS Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Gamble. At half-time, students from the Auvenshine School of Tae Kwon Do will perform an Adaptive Martial Arts demonstration.  Information from the YMCA’s Adaptive Sports Program will also be available at the game.

UIS sponsors of Disability Awareness Week events are the Offices of Disability Services, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Student Life, Athletics and Recreation, and Housing and Residential Life; Delta Sigma Omicron; and Active Minds. Off-campus sponsors are Office Depot and the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation.

Disability Services at UIS provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Through inclusion, advocacy, and support, ODS strives to provide postsecondary education and accommodation to all students by offering an environment that enriches the educational experience.  With this support, students become functionally independent as well as self-advocating in both educational and personal pursuits.  The office provides academic support services to approximately 180 students per semester. 

For more information about ODS or any Disability Awareness Week event, contact Disability Services at 206-6666 (TTY 206-6668).



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.