Did you know that George Washington, Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Beethoven and Walt Disney all had disabilities? Many famous historical figures struggled with disabilities, but the disabilities themselves may have been instrumental in shaping their perspectives and helping them achieve their goals.
The Census Bureau estimates that 54 million people in the United States have some level of disability. They live with, battle and overcome their disabilities every day. October is Disability Awareness Month at Penn State. The theme of the month is “Diversability,” which focuses on the abilities and talents of people with disabilities. As part of the month-long recognition, a variety of events will aim to promote discussion and exploration of topics related to accessibility, equality and inclusion for people with disabilities. Events are sponsored by Penn State’s Disability Advisory Group, a consortium of individuals working together to enhance disability initiatives.
The public is invited to attend these and more events planned during Disability Awareness Month. A schedule with detailed information about events is available at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/diversability.
Penn State encourages qualified people with disabilities to participate in its activities. Those who require accommodation or have questions about physical access can contact the Office for Disability Services at 863-1807.