Creighton University will host its annual Americans with Disabilities Awareness (ADA) Day on Wednesday, April 13, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on campus at the Skutt Student Center. Several activities will highlight the challenges faced by individuals coping with disabilities and offer participants hands-on experiences to better understand disabilities. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to the free event.
Featured this year are a discussion on Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism disorder, and a special screening of “Temple Grandin”, a movie about an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.
The Student Empowerment Network (SEN), a campus-wide organization committed to creating positive changes for those with disabilities and increasing awareness among students will also conduct a Discover Day featuring information booths and computer-based activities related to people understanding disabilities affecting vision, hearing, learning, mobility and more. Joining them will be Creighton’s Best Buddies chapter who are participating in the spread the word campaign about inclusion of people with disabilities and the elimination or the derogatory word “retard.”
A timeline of activities follows:
2- 5:30 p.m. - Posters on the mall in front of Skutt Center focused on raising awareness of ADA
2 -3 p.m. - Discovery Day including activities offering hands-on experiences with disabilities; Best Buddies information sharing
2:-3:30 p.m. - Work of the ADA Committee including recent accommodation improvements made on campus
3:30-4 p.m. - Asperger’s Syndrome discussion
4-5:30 p.m. - “Temple Grandin” movie