Events planned for Disability Awareness Week

Penn State Altoona is offering a series of events in recognition of Disability Awareness Week Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. All events are free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Speaker Rohan Murphy
7 p.m., Slep Student Center
Murphy, Penn State alum and wrestler with a disability, will present a motivational speech. This event is sponsored by the Student Multicultural Advisory and Recruitment Team (SMART).

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Film: "Sun Kissed "
7 p.m., Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center
"Sun Kissed" is a documentary exploring a genetic disorder, common on the Navajo Reservation, that makes exposure to sunlight fatal. Watch as a family impacted by the condition "confronts cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth" about the possible origin of this condition. This event is sponsored by the Office of Institution Equity, Diversity and International Student Services.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Students Advocating for Disability Awareness (SADA) Flash Mob at Safe Trick or Treat 
7 p.m., Intramural Fields
Join SADA as they increase disability awareness with a fun and exciting flash mob during Safe Trick or Treat. To learn the dance and join our efforts, contact Madison Harlow at

Friday, Nov. 1
Faculty and Staff Disability Discussion Panel
8 - 9:30 a.m., Creekside Room, Port Sky Cafe
Penn State Altoona will hold its final event commemorating Disability Awareness Week, a discussion panel made up of Penn State Altoona faculty and staff highlighting disability-related concerns on campus. The panel will discuss pertinent information for faculty and staff regarding accessibility, reasonable accommodations, classroom management issues, academic standards, disability services and other disability-related topics. In addition, faculty and staff members are encouraged to utilize this opportunity as an open forum to ask questions and address concerns relative to meeting the unique needs of students with disabilities. Panel members include Joy Himmel, Cherrie Henry, Rick Wareham, Barbara Hong, Shelly Beaver and Bill Ritzman. A light breakfast will be served. This event is sponsored by Disability Services and Human Resources, and has been organized by SADA.

Penn State Altoona's Disability Awareness Week is organized by Students Advocating for Disability Awareness, in conjunction with the Student Multicultural Advisory and Recruitment Team; the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and International Student Services; the Office of Disability Services; and the Office of Human Resources. The mission of the Students Advocating for Disability Awareness (SADA) of Penn State Altoona is to advocate for a supportive and inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities on our campus and in our community.

Last Updated October 28, 2013