Disability Awareness Week Keynote Will Focus on Dogs
Posted March 28, 2003
HOLLAND -- Man's best friend will take center
stage during the Disability Awareness Week keynote event at
Hope College on Thursday, April 3.
The working dog's role in the lives of people with
disabilities will be the focus of "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs" on
Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
Therapy dogs, service dogs and guide dogs and their
owners/handlers will participate in a panel event that will
examine the humans' experiences with their canine
companions. Puppies in training for careers as helper dogs
will also be present.
The presentation will be one of several events
during this year's Disability Awareness Week, which will run
Monday, March 31, through Friday, April 4. The week's theme
is "'Man's Best Friend': Making Life Easier for PWD's
(People With Disabilities)."
The public is invited to the activities.
Admission is free.
In addition, the week will begin on 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 for six, 12 or 24 hours.
On Monday, March 31, at 9 p.m., a descriptive
video version of the film "Scooby-Doo" 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
On Tuesday, April 1, participants will be able to
simulate a variety of disabilities, including mobility
impairment, hearing impairment, vision 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.
There will be a poetry reading on Tuesday, April
1, at 8 p.m. in the Maas Room of Voorhees Hall. Members of
the Hope community will read their own work as well as works
by others that discuss disabilities.
On Thursday, April 3, at 9 p.m., a descriptive
video version of the film "Shrek" will be shown in the
DeWitt Center Kletz. As with the film on Monday, free
popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.
The week will close with an ice cream social on
Friday, April 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the DeWitt Center
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
12th Street. The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue
at 11th Street. Voorhees Hall is located on 10th Street at