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Disability Culture Day is April 9 at WIU

April 3, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – Disability Culture Day at Western Illinois University will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in the Multicultural Center. The theme of the event is reframing disability, and will include discussions and displays that encourage participants to question dominant beliefs about the disability experience.

This year's event will feature a keynote address, titled "Reframing Disability," by University of Arizona Assistant Professor Amanda Kraus at 7:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center's multipurpose room. Door prizes, including a 2014-2015 campus parking pass will be given away.

Kraus also serves as assistant director for the University of Arizona's Disability Resource Center and as an assistant professor of practice in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, where she coordinates the master's degree program and teaches courses in student services, student development and disability. Prior to this role, Kraus directed the Disabled Veterans Reintegration and Education Project, a congressionally-directed Department of Education grant.

Disability Culture Day is open free to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the students of RPTA 251, the WIU Disability Resource Center, the WIU Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, Students for Disability Awareness, the Student Therapeutic Recreation Society, the University Counseling Center, the Veterans Resource Center, the Visiting Lecture Committee and the Council on Student Activities Funds.

For more information or if you anticipate barriers to your participation in this event, please contact Gretchen Steil Weiss at (309) 298-2512 or

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