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Disability Awareness Week Runs April 2-6 Posted April 2, 2001 HOLLAND -- The 13th annual Disability Awareness Week at Hope College is running Monday-Friday, April 2-6. The week is an effort to promote understanding of persons with physical and learning disabilities, and will feature a variety of activities open to the public in addition to those for the campus community. Admission is free to all events. The week's activities will begin Monday morning with a wheelchair challenge that will have invited members of the college's student body, faculty and staff undergo a mobility impairment simulation. On Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m., the RISE campus group will host Terry A. DeYoung, managing editor of "The Church Herald," in a discussion of disability and faith. The event will be held in the lounge of Cook Hall, located at 115 E. 10th St. On Tuesday, April 3, participants will be able to simulate different disabilities, including mobility impairment, hearing impairment and learning disabilities, as well as have an opportunity to gather information about a number of hidden disabilities. The simulations will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main floor lounge of the DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. On Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Kristen Gray and Louise Shumaker of the Hope staff will discuss "friending," examining the impact of Shumaker's vision impairment on their friendship. Gray is assistant dean of health and counseling, and director of the Counseling Center; and Shumaker is director of disability services. Gray and Shumaker will also explore the effects of a variety of disabilities on social interaction. The presentation will be in room B27 in the Peale Science Center, located on College Avenue at 12th Street. On Tuesday, April 3, at 9 p.m., a descriptive video version of the film "The Sixth Sense" will be presented in the DeWitt Center Kletz. The video, designed for audiences with vision impairments, includes audio description of action on-screen. The Kletz will provide free popcorn and soft drinks. There will be a poetry reading on Wednesday, April 4, at 9 p.m. in room B27 of the Peale Science Center. Members of the Hope community will read their own work as well as works by others that discuss disabilities. The week's keynote address will be delivered on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. by Lydia Graber in Cook Auditorium of the De Pree Art Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Graber, who portrayed an Ewok in the film "Return of the Jedi," will explore humor and disability. On Thursday, April 5, at 9 p.m., a descriptive video version of the film "Shakespeare in Love" will be shown in the DeWitt Center Kletz. As with the film on Tuesday, free popcorn and soft drinks will be provided. The week will close with an ice cream social on Friday, April 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Kletz. -30-

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