Author Rachel Simon to share her perspectives on intellectual disabilities

March 22, 2013

Rachel Simon, award-winning author will give a presentation titled "Perspectives on Intellectual Disabilities," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the Katz Auditorium in the Law School on the University Park campus of Penn State. She will focus on her life experiences growing up with her sister Beth. Their relationship formed the basis for "Riding the Bus with My Sister," a film that will be shown from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, also on the University Park campus.

No tickets are required for either free event. Parking is free at the Law School Building and doors open for Simon's presentation at 6:30 p.m. For the movie, fee-based parking is available at the Nittany Deck, adjacent to the Nittany Lion Inn. The presentation is sponsored by Adaptive Technology and Services, the Office for Disability Services and The School of International Affairs. Additionally, the movie is sponsored by the Health and Human Development Diversity Committee, Adaptive Technology and Services, and the Office for Disability Services.

Simon has received numerous awards for her work, including creative writing fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She is one of the only authors to have been selected twice for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award.

(The speaker requests, no photographs.)

For more information and for questions about physical access or special accommodations for either event, contact Susan Hayya at 814-865-0284 or

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