ISU to sponsor Disability Awareness Month events

February 27, 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - March is Disability Awareness Month for the state of Indiana, and Indiana State University is sponsoring and hosting a variety of activities throughout the month to support and raise awareness.

ISU Disability Awareness Month activities are sponsored by ISU's Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education in conjunction with the Cunningham Memorial Library. A variety of community and area organization activities also have been included below if they support the Disability Awareness Month theme. [NOTE: All times are Eastern Daylight (EDT)].

Here are some special disability awareness events to mark on your calendar for the month of March:

March 9-11 and 16-18: The Boys Next Door, a play written by Tom Griffin at Community Theatre of Terre Haute. A compassionate comedy about four mentally challenged group home residents, their social worker, and mishaps that run the gamut from sentimental to slapstick. Genuine and funny, this production offers a look at an endearing assortment of characters as they strive for acceptance. Discover the magic of laughter and the power of love! March 12-30: Display case promoting disability awareness in ISU's Hulman Memorial Student Union.

March 13: "Essentials of Reading Assessments Virtual Seminar" by Jan Hasbrouck, educational consultant, researcher, trainer and author in the field of reading fluency, coaching and consultation, and assessing and teaching struggling readers. She worked as a reading specialist for 15 years and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses as a university professor. This workshop will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the College of Education, Room 1121. The event is free, but contact Donna Leggett at (812) 237-2830 to reserve a space.

March 14: "Conference on Autism and Aspergers, and Serving Customers with Disabilities" -- Sponsored by Indiana State University's department of social work, Hamilton Center, Inc., and the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education

The below events will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in ISU's Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I, II, and III. Registration is required. Please call Ann Roy at (812) 237-3611 for more information or to register.

"Asperger's Disorder & Autism Spectrum Disorder" and "Exiting the Shame Train" presented by Dena Gassner, MSW consultant. Gassner is the second of three generations of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in her family. She has survived multiple misdiagnoses and resulting disabling pharmaceutical institutionalization. She also has survived mistaken labels including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bi-polar, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With her son, Patrick, she is a politically active advocate for persons with disabilities in her home state of Kentucky.

"Service Providers: Serving Customers with Disabilities" and "Ensuring Access for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors with Disabilites" by Robin Jones, director of Great Lakes ADA Center at the University of Chicago.

March 14: "Response to Intervention: Strategies for Reading & Math Satellite Broadcast" presented by Sharon Vaughn, director of Texas Center for Reading & Language Arts, and Greg Roberts, director of Special Education Strand of the Center of Instruction; 1 to 3 p.m. in College of Education, 11th Floor conference room. This event is free, but contact Donna Leggett at (812) 237-2830 to reserve a space.

March 15: ISU Film Series - I Am Sam; 6 to 9 p.m. in Cunningham Memorial Library, first-floor browsing area. This event is free and open to the public. Host speaker is Darlena Gentry, assistant executive director of the Wabash Independent Living & Learning (WILL) Center.

March 16: "Collaborative Problem Solving to Support Struggling Learners"; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I. Event is for ISU College of Education students in the areas of Communication Disorders, Counseling and School Psychology. Presenters include: Leah Nellis, director of Indiana State University's Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education; Renae Azziz and Ginger Miller, project coordinators for the Blumberg Center's Collaborative Problem Solving Project.

March 21: "General Education Interventions for Institutes of Higher Education;" 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I. The event is for ISU College of Education student teachers in elementary and special education and will be presented by Angie McKinney (ISU alumna), school psychologist for the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative in Sunman, Ind., and Judy Wesley, consultant for Blumberg Center's Collaborative Problem Solving Project.

March 21: ISU Film Series - A Beautiful Mind; 6 to 9 p.m. in Cunningham Memorial Library, first-floor browsing area. This event is free and open to the public. Host speakers are Robert Jacjay, ISU department of mathematics, and Tanya Jacjay, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology department of mathematics.

March 22: Polio: An American Story with David Oshinsky, 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner in history; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Cunningham Memorial Library, first-floor browsing area. Oshinsky specializes in teaching 20th Century U.S. political and cultural history, at University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Polio: An American Story", he has authored "A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy," which won the Hardeman Prize as the best book about the U.S. Congress, and "Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice," which won the Robert Kennedy Prize for its contribution to human rights. He is a co-author of "American Passages: A History of the United States", and a co-editor of "The Oxford Companion to United States History." His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post and Chronicle of Higher Education. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow his presentation.

March 24-25: Indiana Special Olympics 2007 Men's State Basketball Tournament; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., College of Health and Human Performance (Arena) North and South Gymnasiums. This event is free and open to the public. The Special Olympics Indiana Men's State Basketball Finals take place at Indiana State University each year in March. Special Olympics Indiana's roots go deep with Terre Haute and ISU, which have been the host of this tournament since 1971 and the host of the Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games since the early 1970s.

ISU has been the only site for the Men's Basketball Finals. Special Olympics Indiana works very closely with John Lentz, ISU's director of recreational sports, to produce both the Men's Basketball Finals and Summer Games. Lentz serves a member of the Special Olympics Indiana Sports Management Team for Basketball and helps organize the facilities and most of the opening ceremonies activities for the annual Summer Games.

March 27: ISU Film Series - Let Me Be Brave (Emmy-winning CBS Sports special) about 12 Special Olympians and their attempts to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro; 6 to 9 p.m. in Cunningham Memorial Library, first-floor browsing area. This event is free and open to the public. Host speaker is Don Rogers, ISU associate professor of recreation and sport management, who has been paralyzed and in a wheel chair since a motorcycle accident at the age of 21. He carried the Olympic torch through Terre Haute in 2002, and he's designs challenge and rock climbing courses for the disabled.

March 29: "Try on a Disability;" 7 to 9 p.m. in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I. As part of this event, which is free and open to the public, participants try hands-on activities which simulate visual, hearing, cognitive and mobility impairments and interact with students from ISU who have disabilities. The event is presented annually by Delta Sigma Omicron, ISU's student advocacy organization for persons with disabilities.

-30-

Contacts: Marlene Lu, Indiana State University, Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, (812) 237-2842, mlu3@isugw.indstate.edu; Carol Jinbo, Cunningham Memorial Library, (812) 237-2574 or cjinbo@isugw.indstate.edu

Writers: Megan Anderson, Indiana State University, media relations intern, (812) 237-3773 or manderson13@indstate.edu; and Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or 237-7972 (Tues.) or mgreninger@indstate.edu