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By Ariel Adams
KTSW News
Story aired February 2015

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    Celebrating Disability Awareness Week

 

This week Texas State University hosted their second annual held their Disability Awareness week.

The Office of Disability Services is hosting a week long event with the intentions to educate and inform the student body about various disabilities, as well as to spread tolerance towards those who possess a disability.

Though the week has numerous events going on each day the difficulty of many students not knowing what the of Office of Disability Services is doing arises. Outreach and retention managers Tabitha Williams shares her hopes that the week will not only promote their department, but show that help all those who may benefit for their services.

“We want students to know what we offer as an office and help them understand that it’s not just only visible disabilities that we work with in help finding academic accommodations but also the invisible ones as well,” said Williams.

Though there have been opinions by the University Star saying the Texas State campus is not as accessible as it should be, the Office of Disabilities Services does take every grievance under consideration. Williams says that they are willing to listen and take the issues to the appropriate offices.

“We work with the University with making sure the accessible issues that are brought to our attention are addressed, rather that’s getting a ramp put somewhere or making sure that if there is some construction letting students know so they may reroute themselves,” said Williams.

Even though most of these events are geared towards the students and staffs with disabilities, the Office of Disabilities Services wants to share their message further than just the campus community. Graduate assistant Lori Gonzales says that awareness should spread beyond just the students and staff.

“We’re trying to serve a much larger population than just the campus. We’re trying to reach students, teachers and staff but we’re trying to reach the larger community and I think it’s important because it’s not necessarily one person responsibility to be an advocate,” said Gonzales. “We do try to teach students to be self advocates, but also get advocates from a larger range of individuals and we can all become agents of change as we work towards that together.”

This series of events include book signings, movies set for the hearing impaired, and discussions with accomplished people living with a disability. The Office of Disability Services is also planning other events throughout the semester.

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