Disability Awareness Week

October 21 - 24, 2013

The Madison Area Technical College ADA Committee will be hosting Disability Awareness Week. The focus of this week is about creating an awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities by increasing understanding of the diversity of this community.  

Activities take place at the Madison College Truax Campus, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704 unless otherwise noted. No registration is required to attend any of the sessions.

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Monday, October 21

10:00 - 11:00 am  Ask It Basket Panel

These panelists are staff and students with a variety of disabilities. Come and find out more about how their disabilities affect their daily lives and the work-arounds they use to succeed. This highly interactive format allows for audience members to anonymously ask any questions. This session held in room C1435 at the Truax campus.

Tuesday, October 22

10:00 - 11:00 am  Access to Independence

Access to Independence is a non-profit, consumer-controlled Independent Living Center (ILC) that provides a range of services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities in Dane, Columbia, Green and Dodge counties in south-central Wisconsin. Denise Pulfer will be coming to talk about the type of services Access to Independence can provide to individuals with disabilities. This session will be held in room C1435 at the Truax campus.

11:00 - 12:00 pm  Assistive Technology in the Workplace, Home and School

Madison College Disability Resource Specialist, Kevin Carini and Access to Independence Rep, Angela Norris, will provide an interactive assistive technology display. This session will be held in room C1435B at the Truax campus.

1:30 - 2:30 pm  Student Veterans and the Everyday Challenges

Students who have served in the military may face challenges that they’re not even aware of in college. Head injuries, stress and anxiety, acclimating to a new life at home can all greatly affect concentration. Clinicians from the VA Hospital-Madison, Kristin Bull-Lyon, Clinical Social Worker, Kristy Reitz, Occupational Therapist, and Jill Zielinksi, Speech Language Pathologist, will be providing information about resources available on campus for Student-Veterans, demonstrating the challenges that Student-Veterans may face and techniques all of us may use – including memory tips and tai chi. Consider your own challenges as well as fellow students. This session will be held in room C1435 at the Truax campus.

Wednesday, October 23

10:00 - 11:00 am  Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS)

The mission for WAGS is to promote functional independence and improved quality of life for people with physical disabilities through partnerships with highly skilled service dogs. Aaron Backer will be demonstrating with his own service dog the types of physical assistance service dogs can provide. This session will be held in room C1435B at the Traux campus.

12:00 - 1:00 pm  UW-Whitewater Men's Wheelchair Basketball

Three time national Champions UW-Whitewater Wheel Chair Basketball team members will be here to explain their sport and how they do it. They will take on some of our own athletes and staff. This event will be held in the Truax Gymnasium.

Thursday, October 24

10:00 - 11:00 am  Hearing Voices That Are Distressing

Hearing Voices That Are Distressing is a complete training package in which participants use headphones for listening to a specially designed recording. During this simulated experience of hearing voices, participants undertake a series of tasks including social interaction in the community, a psychiatric interview, cognitive testing, and activities. This is followed by a debriefing and discussion period. This session will be held in room AB122/130 in the Administration building at the Truax campus.

12:00 - 2:00 pm  Adaptive Sports and Recreation in the Community

John Martinson, Dawn Ziegler and Chad Hermanson participate in adaptive outdoor recreation in the community. They will be coming and explaining the outdoor activities they participate in and displaying the equipment they use in these sports. Some examples of adaptive equipment include; handcycle, kayak, sit-ski, all-terrain trackchair, and adaptive aquatic vehicle and an adaptive motorcycle. This session will be held in room C1323-Student Lounge at the Truax campus.