* Purdue University Affirmative Action Office

February 15, 2008

Purdue to observe Disability Awareness Month in March

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A March 4 reception honoring the 2008 Focus Award recipients is among several events sponsored by the Purdue University Affirmative Action Office to observe Disability Awareness Month, which is recognized each March throughout Indiana.

Brandon Scott, a Purdue student who is a swimmer in training for the 2012 Paralympics, will speak at the reception, which will take place from 10-11 a.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge. Focus Award recipients will be honored for their contributions to the university's commitment to disability accessibility and diversity.

Scott, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts, was born with quadromelia, which leaves him missing most of his four limbs. In high school, he won two state championships in wrestling before an eye injury ended his career. He then began to compete in swimming. At an international meet, he made it to the finals and placed sixth in the division. The 2012 Paralympics are in London.

The reception and all other Disability Awareness Month events at Purdue are free and open to the public. The complete schedule includes:

* March 18, 2-3:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 213. "The Nature and Scope of Discrimination in Hiring Under ADA Title I." Through 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had investigated more than 20,000 allegations of workplace discrimination specific to hiring. These findings and their ramifications from Virginia Commonwealth researchers for the implementation and future of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be discussed at this audio conference presented by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

* March 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Potter Engineering Center, K.S. Fu Room (Room 234). "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 24, 3-4:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318. "King Gimp." The Academy Award-winning documentary follows the life of artist Dan Keplinger from his youth to his college graduation.

* March 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Engineering Administration Building, Room 118. "ADA Overview." What the law means, its history and what is in store for the future.

To reserve a space, request an accommodation, or to obtain more information, contact the Affirmative Action Office at (765) 494-7253, (765) 496-1343 (TTY), or

Writer: Greg McClure, (765) 494-9394,

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

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