Disability Awareness Week to take place March 22-26

Author: Shannon Chapla

The University of Notre Dame will observe Disability Awareness Week Monday through Friday (March 22 to 26) with a host of activities on campus, highlighted by an address by Patricia Stacey, author of “The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism.”p. Stacey, who has helped her autistic son learn how to communicate through intensive, one-on-one play therapy, will deliver a keynote address at 7 p.m. March 25 (Thursday) in 101 Debartolo Hall.

Other events include:

? March 22 (Monday) ? Students with disabilities and those who provide volunteer service to people with disabilities will participate in a Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

? March 23 (Tuesday) ? Students with disabilities and those who have siblings with disabilities will share their experiences in a panel discussion at 8 p.m. in Reckers restaurant in the South Dining Hall.

? March 24 (Wednesday) ? Michelle Whaley, professional specialist in biological sciences, and Kathleen Gibney, visiting professional specialist in psychology, will lead a medical ethics discussion on stem cell research, extraordinary life support, and abortion based on amniocentesis results at 9:30 p.m. in Legends restaurant.

Disability Awareness Week is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, Best Buddies Club of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, Howard Hall, Office for Students with Disabilities, and Junior Class Council.

Additional information is available at http://www.nd.edu/~bbuddies/daw.html .

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