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DAWG plans events for Disability Awareness

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- March is Disability Awareness Month in Indiana and the Wabash Valley's Disability Awareness Work Group (DAWG) is planning an extensive series of events and projects, which should be educational and fun for the community.

The month-long event is designed to give everyone insight and to increase public sensitivity to disability related issues.

Some of the month's activities include:

* Thursday -- Building Pathways to Empowerment, 5-7:30 p.m., at Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Hosted by Arc of Indiana -- a roundtable discussion on what can be done in light of the funding cuts hitting the agencies that assist people with disabilities,

* Wednesday, March 16 -- Acknowledging Diverse Minds, Bodies and Spirits, 2 p.m., in Oakley Auditorium at Ivy Tech Community College, with Chad Crittenden, a "Survivor: Vanatu," member and amputee, who went through the rigors of the challenge,

* Saturday, March 26 -- Cultivating Inclusion (2011 theme selected by the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities). Tree planting at Booker T. Washington Community Center in conjunction with TREES, Inc.'s, annual planting,

* Saturday, March 26-Sunday, March 27 -- Special Olympic Indiana's Men's Finals Basketball Tournament at ISU Arena,

* Monday, March 28 -- Special After School Story time at Vigo County Public Library with April Newton, and

* Wednesday, March 30 -- The WILL Center's Annual Low Vision Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Meadows Banquet Center.

DAWG is composed of individuals and family members of people with disabilities, and the following organizations: ARC of Vigo County, Blumberg Center (Indiana State University), Bridges of Indiana, Challenger League, Child Adult Resources Services Children's Bureau, Community Alliance and Services for Young Children, Covered Bridge Special Education District, Fifth Freedom, Goodwill Wabash Valley, Hamilton Center, Inc., Happiness Bag, Harrison College, Indiana Brain Injury Association, Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley, MOSAIC, Hamilton Center, Inc. -- Spectrum Services, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program, Special Olympics of Indiana, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute Human Relations Commission, The WILL Center, United Cerebral Palsy, and the Vigo County Public Library.

DAWG was recognized in 2010 by the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities with its "Community Spirit Award," for its collaboration in presenting regional activities in March 2010.

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