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October Is Disability Awareness Month

By NIEHS
October 2006

Kelly Godfrey and her dog, Panther
Kelly Godfrey will take Panther through his motions as a part of Disability Awareness Month. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The NIEHS Diversity Council's Disability Advocacy Committee has planned a series of events in October to commemorate Disability Awareness Month. The month is designated each year as a time to focus on the abilities of individuals and to separate individuals from the physical challenges which almost every person will face some time in his or her lifetime. It is also a time to raise awareness of environmental and technological barriers and safety risks that exist for disabled people - whether they experience temporary physical challenges or must live with physical challenges throughout their lives.

Seminar: Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace
Wednesday, October 4
10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Building 101 Rodbell B
Guest Speaker: Mr. Carlton Coleman, Disability Program Manager, NIH OEODM

North Carolina Now: Asthma (Video followed by a Panel Discussion)
Thursday, October 5
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Building 101 Rodbell B

Panel Members:
Dr. Darryl Zeldin, Head, Molecular and Biology Section
Laboratory of Respiratory and Environmental Cardiopulmonary Diseases Section, Office of Clinical Research

Dr. Stephanie London, Senior Investigator
Genetic Epidemiology Branch with joint appointment in the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology

Hearing Dog Demonstration - Meet Panther and See Him in Action
Wednesday, October 18
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Building 101, Rodbell B
Assisted by Ms. Kelly Godfrey, Supply Technician, Administrative Services and Analysis Branch, NIEHS

Disability Resources (Information & Exhibits)
Tuesday, October 24
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Building 101, Patio Adjacent to NIEHS Cafeteria

Seminar: Increasing Community Participation of People with Disabilities through Universal Design of the Built Environment
Tuesday, October 31
10:30 AM -11:30 AM
Building 101 Rodbell A
Guest Speaker: Ms. Laurie Ringaert,
Director Office of Research, School of Public Health University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Followed by a special musical presentation performed by SeaBreeze Singers & Mr. James Benton (Spokesperson).



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