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TU observes Disability Awareness Month

Thomas University’s Office of Disability Services will celebrate October as Disability Awareness Month with a series of activities.

Events will begin with a kickoff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.1, in front of the TU Library on the Forbes Campus with the opportunity “to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Participants can learn about the daily obstacles for people with disabilities. The little person walk, a wheelchair obstacle course, mental health surveys and more will be included.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, therapy dogs will be on hand inside the TU Library to ease students’ anxiety about midterms. At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Dewey Stalvey, and Archbold EAP Counselor, will present “Mental Health and the College Student” in the Campus Center Classroom on the Forbes Campus.

Participants can learn more about dealing with disabilities in the classroom at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, when Carol Sprague, Director of Exceptional Students with Thomas County Public Schools, presents “Accommodations in K-12 Education.” At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Rebecca Cowan-Story with Georgia Vocational Rehab will present a basic sign language seminar. Both events will be held in the Campus Center Classroom.

The month will wrap up on Thursday, Oct. 31, when Rich Curtis, Associate Professor of Art and a member of the TU Mindfulness Committee, presents “Mindfulness and Meditation” in the Campus Center Classroom. Curtis will cover techniques for dealing with anxiety and ADHD.

Also during October, the TU Art Gallery will feature works by Easterseals clients created as part of a collaboration between the organization and TU art students.  Each participant explored drawing, painting and sculpting. The artwork will be on display through the month of October. A closing reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. The event will include silent auction of the featured artwork with proceeds benefiting Easterseals.

For more information about Disability Awareness Month events, contact Dr. Katrina Steele, Director of Disability Services, at ksteele@thomasu.edu or 229-226-1621 ext. 1164.

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