Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 28-31

Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 28-31 focusing on individuals who have battled and triumphed over disabilities.

The Northeast State Center for Students with Disabilities is sponsoring a week-long series of events where students and guests will discuss how they overcame challenges associated with their disabilities.

CSD picThe week’s keynote speaker is Carson Waugh, a Northeast State alumnus and entrepreneur, who will share his story on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (A202) of the Student Service Building on the main campus at Blountville.

A student panel discussion entitled, “In Our Shoes” brings together Northeast State students and faculty to discuss their own challenges with the disabilities that changed their lives and how they learned to manage them. This event begins at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Auditorium.

Monday, Oct. 28 features a screening of the film “The Blind Side” at 11 a.m.  and “A Beautiful Mind” at 1:30 p.m.  “The Blind Side” tells the story of NFL player Michael Oher while “A Beautiful Mind” chronicles the life of Nobel Prize winner John Nash.  The week closes on Thursday, Oct. 31 with the showings of the films “Soul Surfer” (at 11 am.) about surfer Bethany Hamilton, and “Ray” (at 1:30 p.m.) recounting the life of the legendary Ray Charles.   All films will be screened in the Auditorium and include free popcorn and drinks.

Informational displays about disability services at Northeast State are available at all the College’s teaching sites.  For more information, call 423.279.7640.

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