Northeast State commemorates Disability Awareness Week Oct. 26-30 focusing on individuals who have battled and triumphed over disabilities. The Northeast State Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is sponsoring a weeklong series of events where students and guests will discuss how they overcame challenges associated with their disabilities. There are special displays on each campus and an essay contest for all students.
The week features two “movie days” on Oct. 26 and Oct. 29 with screenings of The Blind Side the true-life story about NFL player Michael Oher, Silver Linings Playbook about a man’s battle with bi-polar disorder and his family, 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) of the Blountville campus. Audiences also get free popcorn and drinks.
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 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Auditorium.
The College is privileged to welcome the week’s keynote speaker David Ring. Born with Cerebral Palsy and orphaned at age 14, Ring endured physical pain, public humiliation, and constant discouragement due to his condition. Yet in the face of these insurmountable odds, Ring triumphed through his religious faith and perseverance to become a nationally known speaker and author. Ring will deliver his lecture at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 in the Auditorium.
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 or visit C1102 in the General Studies Building.