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2013 Schedule of Events


Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs
and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions
about the physical access provided, please contact the Office for Disability Services at
814-863-1807 in advance of your participation or visit.

Schedule of Events 2013 - [ PDF ] (Updated Monday, October 21, 2013)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Syllabi Workshop
When:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Time:
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Where:
Adobe Connect Webinar
Description: The Syllabi Workshop was developed out of the Penn State World Campus due to requests from World Campus students with disabilities. The Syllabi Workshop helps students with memory loss, short attention spans, and learning disabilities organize multiple syllabi throughout the course of the semester. Using popular technology, the Syllabi Workshop can help a student stay on task.

To join the meeting:
https://meeting.psu.edu/r3s47r3fp80/

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Music and Recovery
When:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
110 Music Building I
Description: In 1983, at the age of 29, Rob Guttenberg experienced a brain hemorrhage, leaving him with multiple physical and cognitive disabilities. Since that time he has been presenting concerts and workshops on disability awareness and social equality at public schools, private schools, conferences, colleges, and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Rob will share his personal memories about having brain surgery and his fight to regain his memory and physical abilities. He has written and fought for the rights of people with disabilities - add all of this to his music and you get a combination that is hard to beat for educating people about disabilities.

Please plan to join a panel discussion prior to Mr. Guttenberg's performance that includes a Penn State professor (expert in traumatic brain injuries), two Penn State students from the Office for Disability Services, and Rob Guttenberg himself.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Testing Web Accessibility with Firefox Plugins - (Accessibility Training)
When:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time:
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where:
Adobe Connect Webinar
Description: This program will demonstrate various testing tools such as WAVE, FAE and color checkers and explain how they can be used to streamline accessibility testing.

To join the meeting, follow the link at the starting time indicated above:
https://meeting.psu.edu/accessibilitytech

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Andrew Alton US Paralympic Experience
When:
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Time:
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Where:
Horace Ashenfelter Multisport Complex
Description: Wounded warriors, disability persons, and those wanting to learn about Paralympic sports can do this learn by doing clinic and experience wheelchair basketball, handcycling or track and field for blind, amputee, or wheelchair athletes.  Look forward to seeing you there. This learn by doing clinic is free of charge.  Contact Teri Jordan by email for further information txj3@psu.edu.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Exercise is Medicine for ALL Abilities
When:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:
Patio in front of the Palmer Museum of Art
Description: Kinesiology students and faculty will sponsor the second annual “Exercise is Medicine” week at Penn State, a campus-wide initiative promoting the health benefits of physical activity. Activities will include outdoor exercise stations at high visibility sites, exercise competitions, prize drawings, fitness testing, and other physically active/educational activities targeting University Park students. Last year, we handed out more than 1,500 free pedometers, thousands of exercise tips/health information brochures, and collected questionnaires from more than 850 students who participated in the week’s events. This year, we would like to invite University-affiliated groups/clubs representing persons with physical challenges to participate alongside other Penn State students at one of our outdoor exercise stations to promote Exercise as Medicine for ALL abilities.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Meeting Your Staffing Needs Through a Win-Win Partnership
When:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time:
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Where:
The Lounge, 4th Floor Boucke Building
Description: University departments continually seek ways to provide quality services while being fiscally responsible. Penn State’s Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) Program can help you find qualified applicants with disabilities who can meet your staffing needs. Departments that hire a qualified applicant with a disability may be eligible to receive partial salary support for the new employee’s wages for a period of time. Learn about the ONE program and hear from hiring managers who have hired qualified individuals with disabilities.

What is big "D" and small "d" in deaf culture?
When:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time:
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Where:
Foster Auditorium
Description: Come join us for a panel discussion which will include Josh Swiller and Penn State faculty and staff who are experts on issues concerning deaf culture. Mrs. Leah Swiller, who is soon-to-be a Clinical Psychologist and who for several years has led a $10 million research project on deaf education, which took her to over 30 deaf schools in 25 states, will also participate on this panel.

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Josh Swiller: Author and Advocate for the Deaf
When:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time:
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
Foster Auditorium - Pattee Library
Description: Josh Swiller will talk about his memoir “The Unheard," which is about his quest to reconcile his deafness in an unforgiving world that leads to a remarkable sojourn in a remote African village. Josh will also talk about deafness and disability. “ When it comes to being judged 'deficient' by a culture, what is reality and what is perception? What do our judgments say about us and where can wholeness be found? And what is the effect of rapidly advancing technological, genetic and medical treatments on all of this?”

Monday, October 21, 2013

Introduction to Living with Hearing Loss and American Sign Language
When:
Monday, October 21, 2013
Time:
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where:
104 Thomas Building
Description: Guests who have a range of hearing loss are invited to speak about their experiences living with hearing loss. We will also present a short introduction to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Disability Stigma: How YOU can Help
When:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time:
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where:
124 Findlay Commons, (East Halls)
Description: During this interactive event, presenters with disabilities will help you feel comfortable communicating with individuals with various disabilities and will share stories to help you identify and address disability stigma. This event is co-sponsored by Residence Life. Snacks will be provided. Come and join the discussion!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Disability Poster Session & Panel Discussion
Family and Disability: Perspectives from Siblings Regarding the Impact of Disability on Family Dynamics

When:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where:
124 Cedar Building
Description:
The goal of this poster session is to provide a brief summary of key issues related to a variety of disability topics to inform the university community of current topics related to disability. About 15 different posters will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics and to ask individual questions to the presenters.

During the panel Penn State University students who have siblings with disabilities will share their experiences having a family member with a disability (e.g., autism, addiction, albino, mental health). Each panelist will consider both the challenges and benefits of having a sibling with a disability and the ways in which this unique life experience has impacted their lives. We will also hear from a person with a visual disability discuss his perspective of interactions with siblings and the impact of his disability on family dynamics. The floor will then be open for discussion and responding to questions from the audience.


An Afternoon with the Artist: Michael Platzer, the Mouth Painter

When:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time:
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where:
East Halls Cultural Lounge
Description: Inspired by the Masters from the Renaissance to the Modern Era, Michael Platzer “lives, breathes and sleeps art.” Yet Platzer himself serves as an inspiration since he paints in a rather unorthodox way, by holding the brush in his mouth! When a 1975 diving accident left Michael quadriplegic, he sought expression through art. With a little ingenuity, determination, and experimentation, Michael settled on his methods and went on to receive instruction at Penn State. His enthusiasm for painting has superseded any obstacles. Each of his paintings embodies a spiritual element that underscores the triumphs of him as an artist. Platzer’s work has been exhibited throughout Pennsylvania as well as selected for the Christopher Reeve Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Holiday Card Series. In 2009 the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists worldwide (AMFPA) accepted Michael into their prestigious group (http://www.mouthpainter.com/).

Wheelchair Basketball Experience
When:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:
White Building Big Gym
Description: Wheelchair basketball will be held every Wednesday night and we encourage people to come out and try it with our team. Although the practices focus on the disabled athletes having the opportunity to play, upon signing a waiver release we allow anyone who wants to play to get hands-on experience. Others enjoy just watching and helping out by timing the ten-minute games or helping with scoring.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Going Blind: A Documentary
When:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time:
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where:
Waring Commons Classroom
Description: Going Blind is a feature-length documentary about vision loss in the United States. Directed and produced by Joseph Lovett, Going Blind premiered at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Berlin in June 2010 and opened in New York at the Quad Cinema in October 2010. The film interweaves Lovett's struggle to keep his glaucoma at bay with the stories of six people he meets who are dealing with different levels of sight loss. The film shows that losing vision is not death but a different perspective and shows how much is available in terms of vision enhancement techniques, low vision therapy, and new technology to keep people with sight loss engaged in their lives.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Disability Poster Session & Panel Discussion
Family and Disability: Perspectives from Siblings Regarding the Impact of Disability on Family Dynamics

When:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 124 Cedar Building
Description: The goal of this poster session is to provide a brief summary of key issues related to a variety of disability topics to inform the university community of current topics related to disability. About 15 different posters will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics and to ask individual questions to the presenters.


During the panel Penn State University students who have siblings with disabilities will share their experiences having a family member with a disability (e.g., autism, addiction, albino, mental health). Each panelist will consider both the challenges and benefits of having a sibling with a disability and the ways in which this unique life experience has impacted their lives. We will also hear from a person with a visual disability discuss his perspective of interactions with siblings and the impact of his disability on family dynamics. The floor will then be open for discussion and responding to questions from the audience.

Escape from PDF - (Accessibility Training)
When:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time:
Noon to 1:00 p.m. 
Where:
Adobe Connect Webinar
Description: This webinar will explain accessibility and usability hurdles of PDFs and discuss strategies on how to find alternative ways to present information. The session will also cover export and optical character recognition options to extract information from old PDFs.

More information on session details and how to access the meeting. See ITS Training Services.

Rohan Murphy's Life Story: No Legs, No Problem!
When:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time:
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where:
Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Description: Rohan Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, took up wrestling  his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career he went on to wrestle at Penn State. In addition to wrestling, Murphy is also an accomplished power lifter, competing in international competitions all over the world representing the USA. Rohan has been featured in publications such as ABC News, Sports Illustrated, and was even featured in his own Nike commercial to motivate and inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle.

Rohan is now a motivational speaker. He has lived his entire life motivating people by his actions, but now he is motivating people by his words. Rohan's life story is a gripping tale of adversity, dedication, and living life with a purpose.


For more information contact the Office for Disability Services
116 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-1807 | Fax: 814-863-3217