A variety of events are scheduled on campus during October, Disability Awareness month. For more information about any of these events, please call the UTC Office for Students with Disabilities at 425-4006 (V/TTY).
Monday, October 4, Adopt-A-Disability Simulation. Faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders will be partnered with a student with a disability for part of the day to simulate the partnered disability. From 3-4 p.m., a debriefing will occur at the UTC University Center, Ocoee Room, to discuss the experience and future expectations.
Tuesday, October 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Disability Fair, University Center Lobby. The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) will have tables set up in the UTC University Center lobby. Displays of assistive technology and modifications will demonstrate what’s available for students registered with OSD. There will be simulation activities using some of these technologies.
Thursday, October 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Permit to Empower, Cardiac Hill. Information on types of disabilities, accommodations, FAQs. Co-sponsor: Student Empowerment Association.
Monday, October 18, 10-11:30 a.m., Hangin’ with Matt Glowacki –come rock climbing in the ARC with OSD’s special guest for the day Matt Glowacki! Glowacki will also present “Diversity according to SOUTH PARK and FAMILY GUY” in the UC Auditorium from 3-4 p.m.
Glowacki was the owner of three successful businesses and represented his country at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000. As a member of the United States Sit-Volleyball Team for eight years, he was bestowed with the honor of wearing his country’s uniform. Not the military kind, but one that still allowed him to fight and represent what we believe in as a nation all round the world.
Born without legs, Glowacki lives the mantra, “Walking is Over-Rated.” The nature of his disability made him realize people’s expectations for others are based on preconceived stereotypes, limited personal experiences, and prejudices. His new common sense approach to tackling ignorance sets him apart from the crowd of educators and puts him in a new class of “Revolutionary.” He uses humor to illustrate absurdity when it deals with the judgment of others.
Tuesday, October 19, 6-8 p.m., Diversity Dialogue, Multicultural Office. The second annual collaboration between the Student Empowerment Association (S.E.A) and the Black Student Alliance (B.S.A.) – “Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.” Question and answer session. Co-Sponsored by S.E.A & B.S.A.
Wednesday, October 20, 5-8 p.m., Movie Night: Project Access, University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room. Come watch the documentary Old World: New Access – Britannia and experience the OSD study abroad trip in July, 2010, to England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Thursday, October 21, 6-8 p.m., presentation: What is Tourettes? University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room. Rhett Sewell speaks about his personal experience. Sewell has been a public and keynote speaker for five years, as well as a camp counselor and Program Director for Camp Twitch and Shout, a camp in Georgia for children with Tourette’s Syndrome. Sewell’s speeches on Tourette’s are conducted to raise awareness and tolerance of the syndrome
Thursday, October 28, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Basket Auction, University Center Gallery. Second annual silent basket auction to help raise funds for the 2011 OSD study abroad trip planned for Italy and Greece.
Friday, October 29, 11-2 p.m., Annual OSD Open House, Frist Hall, first floor. Come to the annual Halloween Open House at OSD and see what’s offered to UTC students.