Disability Awareness Week

October 20 - 24, 2014

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 20th

11:00 - 1:00                 Disability Awareness Fair

C1435 & C1435B

Learn how to get involved and help make a change! Meet campus and community service providers whose mission is to help individuals with disabilities. Enjoy delicious snacks. Drop in and win a chance to win Bookstore gift cards!

Tuesday, October 21th

11:00 - 12:00              Panel - Students with Autism


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 in 50 individuals in our country. Daily life with ASD can sometimes be a real challenge. This panel is geared toward understanding and supporting those with autism.  Spend a day in the life of a  student with autism.

1:00 - 2:00                  Panel - Deaf Students


How Different is the world Is without hearing?  Hearing impairments can make it difficult to navigate through an educational system that is largely focused on the needs of the hearing population. Gain a better understanding of the challenges your fellow students experience.  Come and  find out more about how these disabilities affect their daily lives and the work-arounds they use to succeed. 

Wednesday, October 22nd

12:30 - 1:30           UW-Whitewater Men’s Wheelchair Basketball

Redsten Gym

Three time National Champions, UW-Whitewater Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team members will be here to explain their sport and how they do it. They will take on some of our College athletes and staff. Members from the audience will have a chance to hop into a chair and test their skills at shooting, dribbling, and passing from a wheelchair.



Thursday, October 23rd

11:00 - 12:00       Hearing Voices That Are Distressing


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 an activities followed by a debriefing and discussion period.