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Disability Culture Day April 6 at WIU

March 28, 2016

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's Disability Resource Center (DRC) will host Disability Culture Day, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the University Union Capitol Room.

The purpose of this event is to spread awareness about disabilities within the community. The event will consist of panels of different speakers who will speak about different disabilities and the culture behind it.

The DRC hopes to educate participants on the social justice model of disability, which includes disability as part of a diverse community. The theme of this year's event will be "Identity."

Each panel will last about 45 minutes and includes:

• 10 a.m. - "Power, Privilege, and Identity," by Distance Education Support Academic Advisor Ron Pettigrew and Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center Director Carl Simien

• 11a.m. – "Reducing Abelist Acceptance," by Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Lora Ebert Wallace

• Noon – "Mapping Out Identity," by Assistant Professor of Geography Julie Williams-Lawless and Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Jeremy Robinett

• 1 p.m. – "Queerability," by WIU student Allison Hartman

• 2 p.m. – "Disability Theory in Young Adult Literature," by Assistant Professor of English Alisha White

For more information, contact Gretchen Steil Weiss at

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