UMM Students Plan Disabilities Awareness Night for Nov. 4

MACHIAS, ME – Students in the “Recreation Services for Special Populations” class at the University of Maine at Machias will host a disabilities awareness night on Wednesday, November 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Center on the UMM campus.

Participants in this program, titled “Your World, My World, Our Diverse World,” will have the opportunity to experience simulated disabilities at 10 different stations, each focused on a specific disability. Stations will include hearing impairments, spinal injuries, visual impairments, temporary disabilities, permanent disabilities, aging, learning disabilities, autism, mobility, and more. Information booths will be available for participants to learn about resources, services, and career opportunities.

Misunderstandings often arise about disabilities and abilities, mobility and how it affects us all, and about barriers that limit participation and communication. 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.

“Your World, My World, Our Diverse World” is sponsored by UMM’s Professional Studies Division, Student Senate, MRPASS and Hall Council. Other contributing groups and organizations include the UMM Student Education Association, UMM Behavioral Studies students, UMM Career Development, UMM Student Support Center, UMM Counseling Services, Maine Autism Society, and Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program.

For further information, contact Jo-Ellen Scribner at 255-1238.

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