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February 15, 2007

Affirmative Action Office to promote Disability Awareness Month

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Affirmative Action Office at Purdue University has scheduled several events in recognition and celebration of Disability Awareness Month, which is recognized each March throughout Indiana.

All of the Disability Awareness Month events at Purdue are free and open to the public. The complete schedule includes:

*  March 1. 8-10 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. "Murderball." A documentary, presented by Purdue Student Union Board, about the competitive sport of quadriplegic rugby will feature keynote speaker and a Paralympic rugby player Mark Zupan.

* March 6. 10-11 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge. "Room for Everyone" Disability Awareness Month Reception. Zupan will speak at this reception honoring the 2007 Focus Award recipients. Recipients will be honored for making outstanding contributions to the university's commitment to disability accessibility and diversity.

* March 6. 3-4 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. "Smashing Stereotypes, One Hit at a Time." Zupan will speak on disability awareness. The focus of his message will be to help shatter stereotypes about people with disabilities and to point out that all people are capable of accomplishing amazing feats.

*  March 20. 2-3 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320. "National EEOC ADA Research Project: What Does the Data Tell Us About Title I Complaints and Resolutions?" The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has entered into a cooperative agreement with researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University to mine the data collected by the EEOC since the implementation of the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Some of the questions that the researchers hope to answer through this effort include:

-  What is the specific nature and scope of workplace discrimination against people with disabilities?

- To the extent that employers perpetrate workplace discrimination, does it vary as a function of the employer's industry, location or size?

- Does workplace discrimination affect Americans with disabilities in different ways as a function of personal characteristics, such as type of impairment, gender, age, race or ethnicity?

*  March 22. 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Stewart Center, Room 313. "ADA for Supervisors." This session is an employment-focused workshop for campus supervisors addressing the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the workplace.

* March 27. 4-5 p.m. Stewart Center, Room  320.  "Guide Dog Etiquette." Purdue Advocates for Disability Issues will perform role-playing scenarios that address issues such as petting, feeding and talking to guide dogs and will speak about the laws pertaining to service animals.

-  March 28. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 313. "ADA Overview." What the law means, its history and what is in store for the future.

To reserve a space at a session, to obtain more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at (765) 494-7253, (765) 496-1343 (TTY), or aao@purdue.edu.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Gavin Steiger, (765) 494-7253, gsteiger@purdue.edu

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