Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 27-31 focusing on individuals who have battled and triumphed over disabilities. The Northeast State Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is sponsoring a week-long series of events where students and guests will discuss how they overcame challenges associated with their disabilities.
The week kicks off on Monday with a film festival including The Blind Side the true-life story about NFL player Michael Oher, Forrest Gump about everyone’s favorite Southern boy, and Soul Surfer the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark attack. All films will be screened in the Auditorium (A202) and include free popcorn and drinks. Films will also be screen at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Monday, Oct. 27.
The week’s keynote event is a concert by the Tyler Williams Band at noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus. Williams was born with Cerebral Palsy and became blind during his infancy. That didn’t stop him from playing music and continuing his dream to become an entertainer.
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 Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Auditorium.
The week closes on Thursday, Oct. 30 with a lecture by Jason Oliver at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium. Oliver battled through learning disabilities as a student. Through his own experiences, he has become a learning disabilities advocate, helping people fulfill their dreams through individualized service planning.
Informational displays about disability services at Northeast State are available at all the College’s teaching sites. For more information about the week’s events or services provided by CSD, call 423.279.7640.