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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 21, 2012

Northwest commemorates Disability Awareness Month with week of activities

Northwest Missouri State University is marking Disability Awareness Month this week with a series of activities, sponsored by the University’s Office of Intercultural Affairs.

The week’s activities, under the theme of “Diversability,” are listed below. All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Steve Bryant, director of Intercultural Affairs at Northwest, at 660.562.1517 or

  • “Riding the Bus With My Sister” (3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, Student Union Living Room): This 2002 film, starring Rosie O'Donnell and Andie MacDowell, depicts the relationship between two sisters, Rachel and Beth. Beth has an intellectual disability and spends her days riding the fixed route buses in the Pennsylvania city where she lives. Beth also lives independently, has a boyfriend named Jesse and receives support from a pair of caring direct support professionals.

  • Apps for Accessibility (11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 24, Meeting Room D): Learn about some of the most innovative apps for iPhone, Android, iPad and other devices that can help to improve productivity.

  • Athletes & Athletes (6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Student Rec Center): Join Northwest student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes for games of wallyball, ping pong and basketball.

  • Personal Development and Counseling Services Panel (3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Student Union Living Room): This event is an opportunity for individuals to talk with staff members in Northwest's Personal Development and Counseling Services about their personal health and well-being.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468