Since the beginning of time, people with disabilities have made great contributions to the world around us. Helen Keller was the first blind and deaf person to receive a college degree. Stevie Wonder, a blind musician, recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits. Franklin D. Roosevelt became president despite being bound to a wheelchair after contracting polio. Steven Hawking is one of the world’s most renowned physicists and achieved many things in spite of being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell were diagnosed with dyslexia, but went on to make very notable contributions to the field of science. Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with Autism at a very young age, is one of the most important people when it comes to Animal Welfare. This is a very short list of people with some sort of disability that have impacted the world in a positive way!
In 1945, Congress took the steps to recognize the role and contributions to our society made by people with disabilities by creating “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962 the word “physically” was removed to include all people with disabilities, and in the year 1988, the week was extended to a full month. Along with the extension of time came a name change. The month of October was officially named the “National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month” in 1988, and has been recognized every year since then.
During the week of October 26th– October 30th, Texas Tech and Student Disability Services will be celebrating Disability Awareness Week to raise awareness for students who have disabilities, along with promoting equality among all students at Texas Tech. The week will start off with a Kick-Off event at the West Hall Visitor Center at 2:00 PM on Monday, and will continue with various events throughout the week. There will be a number of presentations during the week, several of which will be given by our very own TECHniques Center counselors, along with events such as Deaf Bingo and an Art Reception. Wristbands will also be available to the public and can be picked up at either West Hall, room 335 or at the Free Speech Area near the SUB to show support throughout the week.
In addition to the various events, Student Disability Services is taking to social media by promoting the use of the hashtag #TTUDAW15. By using the hashtag on Facebook or Twitter, people have the opportunity to win prizes such as gift cards, Texas Tech apparel or a number of other door prizes.
For more information and a complete schedule visit: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/sds/DisabilityAwarenessWeek.php