UMM Students Plan Sixth Annual Disabilities Awareness Night, March 21
MACHIAS, Maine – Students in the Recreation Services for Special Populations class at the University of Maine at Machias will host the Sixth Annual Disabilities Awareness Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 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, Machias CareerCenter, Kathy Hecht (Service Dog Training), and Maine Autism Society 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 other student organizations. UMM services that will be represented during the event include Merrill Library, Career Services, Counseling Services, the Advising Center, the Disability Committee, and collaborative class projects. The UMM Ukulele Club will provide entertainment throughout the evening.
For more information, please contact Jo-Ellen Scribner at 255-1228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.