Creighton University faculty, staff and students as well as Omaha community members have a chance to experience first-hand what it is like to be visually or hearing impaired, the frustration of learning disabilities and the difficulties of negotiating obstacles in a wheelchair at the annual Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Awareness Day at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 on Creighton's 24th Street Skinner Mall.
Participants are also invited to a free panel discussion on the "Best Practices for Accommodating Students in the Classroom and Beyond," with keynote speaker Linda Scheirton, Ph. D., in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. Scheirton, a faculty associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics, has been assisting students with disabilities for more than a decade. Almost 31 percent of college students have either visible or invisible disabilities, according to the ADA.
The Student Empowerment Network (SEN), a campus-wide organization committed to creating positive changes for those with disabilities and increasing awareness among students and faculty, will be on the Mall. until 1 p.m. The group will host information booths and computer-based activities related to people understanding disabilities affecting vision, hearing, learning, mobility and more.
In addition to the panel discussion and demonstrations, a variety of booths will be set up in the Skutt Student Center fireplace area offering resource information for campus community members.