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October 3, 2003

Purdue promotes disability awareness with special events

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University will recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month by showing a documentary, sponsoring a conference, conducting a teleconference and sponsoring a workshop on disability related issues.

Activities include:

• "King Gimp." Tuesday (10/7) noon to 1 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 214A.

The Academy Award winning documentary film "King Gimp" tells the story of artist Dan Keplinger, who overcame physical and societal obstacles to become a successful painter. The showing is free and open to the public.

• 2003 Disability Access Institute. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Stewart Center Room 206.

Salome Heyward, a national legal expert in disability compliance in higher education, will speak at the conference. Heyward is the author of "Disability & Higher Education" and "The ADA and Graduate and Professional Schools." She also serves as editor of the "Disability Accommodation Digest" and has provided legal services to more than 100 institutions during the past three years.

The institute will address legal trends, documentation, hidden disabilities and faculty issues as they relate to services, facilities and programs in higher education for students with disabilities. Registration for the conference, which costs $250, is required. To register, contact Kathy Walters, conference coordinator, at (765) 494-2758,

• People with Disabilities and the Technology-Driven Workplace. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Knoy Hall of Technology, Room 202.

Susanne M. Bruyère, director of the Program on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, will lead a national teleconference on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on recruiting by e-mail. Bruyère will discuss how online technology has made significant inroads over the past several years into human resource processes, including recruitment, benefits information dissemination and training. She also will reveal how the accessibility of the information technology used in these processes may limit the ability of individuals with disabilities to have full and equal access to employment. A survey of top human resource managers, conducted with the Society of Human Resource Management, will be discussed.

Advance registration for the teleconference, presented by the Great Lakes ADA & Accessible IT Center, is requested. To register, contact the Affirmative Action Office at (765) 494-7253, (765) 496-1343 (tty) or by e-mail at aao@purdue,edu. The teleconference is free and open to the public.

• Supervisors: What the ADA Means for You. Oct. 30,1:30-3:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 218C.

This free workshop, open to all campus supervisors, will examine what constitutes a disability, how to recognize an employee's request for a reasonable accommodation and how to handle the request. Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Contact the Affirmative Action Office at (765) 494-7253, (765) 496-1343 (tty) or by e-mail at

The Affirmative Action Office also is accepting nominations for the 2004 Focus Awards, which are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to disability accessibility and diversity at Purdue. The awards will be presented at the Disability Awareness Month reception, scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, in the East Faculty Lounge of the Purdue Memorial Union.

One award is offered in each of the categories of faculty, staff, student and organization. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. For a form, contact the Affirmative Action Office at (765) 494-7253, (765) 496-1343 (tty) or by e-mail at

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Source: Gina Kerr, (765) 494-7253,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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