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Disabilities Awareness Night Set for Nov. 9

Added on: October 25, 2010

MACHIAS, Maine – Students in the recreation services for special populations class at the University of Maine at Machias will host the Fifth Annual Disabilities Awareness Night from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 in the Reynolds Center Gymnasium.

Aimed at increasing awareness and understanding about disabilities, the event will provide participants with the opportunity to experience simulated disabilities at a dozen different stations. Stations will include hearing impairments, spinal injuries, visual impairments, temporary disabilities, permanent disabilities, aging, learning disabilities, autism, mobility, and more.

The public is invited to join UMM students, faculty, and staff in experiencing firsthand what it is like to live in another’s world. The event promises to be an evening of challenges, learning opportunities, and fun, with drawings and door prizes.

Information booths will also be available for participants to learn about resources, services, and career opportunities. Community organizations including the UMaine Cooperative Extension, Washington County Children’s Program, Sunrise Opportunities, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Community Health and Counseling Services, Pine Tree Camps, Maine Autism Society, Sunrise Opportunities, and the Machias Career Center will be on hand to share information with participants.

Disabilities Awareness Night is sponsored by UMM’s Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program, Student Senate, and the Maine Recreation and Parks Association Student Section (MRPASS).

For more information, please contact Jo-Ellen Scribner at (207) 255-1238.

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