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Challenged by Choice and Disabilities Speak event is May 17

The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is sponsoring the third annual Challenged by Choice and Disabilities Speak from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Athens Community Center on East State Street in Athens, Ohio. It is free and open to the public.

The event raises awareness of the frustrations, obstacles, and limitations experienced by persons with disabilities, and the accommodations needed. It also focuses on success stories of persons with disabilities who have learned adapt to their particular circumstances. This event seeks to challenge the community to have a dialogue about issues and solutions, how to compensate for a disability, and what can be done to assist persons with disabilities.

A Challenged by Choice experience is arranged for university and community leaders who assume one disability – physical, learning, mental, or communication – for the afternoon of May 17 at their place of employment.

The participants, which will include Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, will share their experiences during the Disabilities Speak session beginning at 5 p.m. They will relate what they did, what they learned, and how they will think or what they will do differently as a result. Individuals who have had lifelong and acquired disabilities will briefly tell their stories.

The Student Council for Exceptional Children at Ohio University will assist throughout the day. Organizations and agencies will be present at Disabilities Speak with information tables and resource materials.

Those interested in attending the Challenged by Choice/Disabilities Speak event at the Community Center, or having an information table, should contact Lori Kinney at 740-593-7424 or email namiathens@gmail.com with the number attending. There will be pizza and refreshments.