Dec 3, 2013
By Seaira Christian-Daniels
Ohio University media students are collaborating with the Athens County Commission on Disabilities to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities from Dec. 3-4.
The festivities will kick off from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Grover Center Atrium with the theme "Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an inclusive society and development for all."
During the Dec. 3 event, representatives from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will be present with simulation booths that will help participants understand living with physical and mental disabilities.
In addition to the simulation, the event will feature several speakers from around campus and around the world. Scheduled speakers include Ohio State Rep. Debbie Phillips, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, and other esteemed guests from the international community, who will speak via Skype.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, there will be a movie screening concerning disability issues at the Athena from 7 to 9 p.m. The day will conclude with an international dance party immediately following the film.
Group spokesperson Beth Mishler says it's difficult to consider disabilities without having one, and that's what makes this event necessary.
"This is something that could happen to all of us at any given moment. I think recognizing that and taking the opportunity and the time to learn about that is important as a student and as a community," Mishler said.
All events are free and open to the public.