UVM's Deaf and Disability Awareness Month: October
UVM's Deaf &Disability Awareness Month 2005
Events are open to everyone. 
For more info, go to:  http://www.uvm.edu/~aaeo/aware.html

October 3rd, Noon-2:00, North Lounge, Billings
Kick-Off and Art Show Opening Reception
Riva Lehrer's "Circle Stories" is a series of portraits of people in a variety of fields, including the arts, academia and political activism. Each has a significant physical disability, and an interest in exploring body issues in his or her own work. This project began in 1997 and currently includes ten works. All ten works will be on display throughout the month.

October 4th, 7:30pm-8:30pm, North Lounge, Billings
Comedian: Jeff Charlebois
For over fifteen years, Jeff has used his humor to entertain and inspire people around the country. His message is simply, whether disabled or abled, we all need to laugh. Jeff is billed as a "sit-down comic who's always on a roll!".

October 6th, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
FILM: Rolling
 with Deborah Lisi-Baker, Vermont Center for Independent Living

October 10th, Noon-1:00pm, 427A Waterman
Hidden Side of ADA
 "Disability" encompasses a wide range of conditions, and the reality is that many disabilities are not readily apparent. In order to meet provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it's important to understand hidden disabilities, as well as basic premises and definitions that apply to both students and employees of UVM. This session will use case studies to guide participants to a better understanding of processes and resources of accommodating people with disabilities. The presenters bring years of experience in designing coursework and workplace accommodations, and in promoting inclusive environments.

October 10th, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Grace Coolidge, 5th Floor, Waterman
The Impact of Epilepsy on the Family
This program will discuss a wide variety of issues such as, medical treatment, transportation, insurance and the social impact of having a seizure disorder. Audrey Butler, Executive Director, of the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont will present some of the latest information on Epilepsy during this presentation. There will be an opportunity for discussion. If you are interested in additional information please call 1.800.565.0972

October 11th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
Being Deaf in Vermont
 An invitation to learn about the world of deafness here in Vermont and what impacts there are in relation to social, language, family, education, accessibility, and employment. The evening will consists of a panel of several deaf individuals who will share their experiences and successes, what works and what does not work around accommodations. This guarantees to be an evening of learning, humor, and appreciation. If you know of someone living with a hearing loss then this is an invitation for you- it could change your views on the world of deafness". There will be a facilitator this evening who will take on questions from the audience for the panel members, display booths will be available.

October 12th, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
FILM: My Classic Life as an artist: A portrait of Larry Bissonnette
 A Documentary Film (20 Minutes) produced by Douglas Biklen and Zach Rossetti and written by Larry Bissonnette. This documentary shows a day in the life of outsider, Vermont artist Larry Bissonnette. Bissonnette reveals his wit from the very beginning of the film as he describes how he experiences autism: Sonic sensitivity, placidity in personal relationships, loose personal hygiene, language processing problems, primitive, plastic social skills, kooky behaviors, activities limited by obsessive routines, gastronomical choices stuck on McDonalds, rote learning habits: this is a summary of autism's daily impact on my life. Looking back on his years of living in a closed institution for people labeled mentally retarded, he assesses this form of "apartheid" as "better for growing vegetables rather than people." He describes his entry into art as a way of "keeping busy as powerless to communicate young child." This is a documentary filled with Bissonnette's humorous but also poignant assessments of his life, including this one about labeling: "Fastening labels on people is like leasing cars with destinations determined beforehand." The documentary also reveals many examples of the complexities of expression, as Bissonnette moves back and forth from speech to typing to painting, and should therefore be of extreme interest to parents, teachers, and others who are concerned about how to support the communication of people with speech differences. A discussion will follow the film.

October 13th, 5:00pm-8:00pm, 427 Waterman
Autism: Defining the Issues, Patty Prelock and Marie-Christine Potvin
 This class is part of an advanced graduate level seminar offered through the Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals Program (VT-ILEHP). The class concentrates on the early indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and issues surrounding screening and diagnosis. UVM Professor Patty Prelock, Communications Sciences, has opened her class doors to the community in celebration of Awareness Month. Marie-Christine Potvin, Occupational Therapist and Former VT-ILEHP Fellow will be co-teaching this class. The class format uses short video, a guest speaker, and group discussion. Special Note: Pre-registration and readings are required, please contact [log in to unmask] if you are interested in attending this class.

October 17th, 7:00pm- 9:00pm, North Lounge, Billings
FILM: A View from here: Depression on College Campuses
 The film gives voice to the realities of depression in a college community. It features students and faculty who candidly share their experiences, from the pain and confusion of symptoms to the ways in which they found help. A discussion will follow the film.

October 18th, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Marsh Lounge, Billings
American Sign Language Workshop
with David Krueger, ASL Instructor. Do you want to increase your comfort level with deaf people? Do you want to learn some basic signs and some non verbal communications techniques? You will get that and participate in a discussion covering some aspects of Deaf culture. Come to this dynamic workshop!

Octoberh 18th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Memorial Lounge
FILM: "What do you do when you meet a blind person?"
 Join us for a showing of the short film produced by the National Federation of the Blind. The film illustrates two perspectives on blindness: one from a person who is blind, and the other from a person who sees. A panel discussion will follow exploring what it is like for blind people to educate others and manage assumptions and aspects of independence, as they share experiences with "helping" and "not helping". Perspectives from those who see will provide insight into the intentions behind the actions of those who want to "help" but may not fully understand how to communicate this. The panel will include community members who are blind or visually impaired and people who have relationships with them. Facilitated by Heidi Pfau, from the Community of Vermont Elders.

October 19th, 8:00-Noon, Memoriaul Lounge, Waterman
Disability Mentoring Day
 Disability Mentoring Day is a large-scale, broad-based effort designed to promote career development for students and other job seekers with disabilities (mentees) through hands-on career exploration, job shadowing, and internship or employment opportunities, and matching of mentee/mentor relationships. Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st Century, will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 as the official kick-off for a year-round effort.

October 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill
Depression in the Family
 When depression affects one member of the family, it often effects others as well. Experts on depression in parents and on depression in children speak about both sides of the topic. Presented by the Vermont Parent Information Center.

October 20th, 5:00pm-8:00pm, 427 Waterman
Supporting Families & Providers in Making Intervention Decisions for Children with Autism, Patty Prelock and Marie-Christine Potvin
This class, part of an advanced graduate level seminar offered through the Vermont's Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals Program (VT-ILEHP), focuses on the range of suggested interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the difficult challenges families face when making these decisions, and evaluation strategies. UVM Professor Patty Prelock, Communication Sciences, has opened her class to the community in celebration of Awareness Month. Marie-Christine Potvin, Occupational Therapist and Former VT-ILEHP Fellow will be co-teaching this class. The class format uses short video, a guest speaker, and group discussion. Special Note: Pre-registration and readings are required, please contact [log in to unmask] if you are interested in attending this class.

October 25th, 7:00, Location TBA
Student ACCESS event

October 26th, 1:00-5:00, Sheraton Conference Center
Assistive Tech Display
 see October 27th Brain Injury Conference for Description

October 27th, 8:30-3:45, Sheraton Conference Center
Vermont's 17th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference
 "Seasons of Healing" - This day-long conference (with pre-conference professional tracks in Alternative Augmentative Communication and Neurobehavioral Aspects) is designed to provide education and support to survivors, families, and professionals with a focus on meeting challenges associated with rebuilding life following TBI. Keynote speaker PJ Long, author, psychotherapist, and a TBI and breast cancer survivor offers lessons she learned throughout the seasons of healing and how nature's timeless wisdom can guide us in recovery. For additional information, contact Lisa Parro at the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 802.241.2184, [log in to unmask] or go to the Conference Homepage.

October 29th, Capital Plaza, Montpelier
Deaf Expo
 The Deaf Expo is an all day event related to deafness/hearing. There will be speakers from the FCC and Agency of Human Services. This event will include presentations on various community resources, finance planning, ADA understanding, and meeting important community leaders. Workshops on ASL understanding will be given by a performer. Interpreters will be available all day and evening. Childcare is also available for a minimal fee. There will be an evening dinner and performance. The cost will be $20 per person. Come and visit the exhibitor's booth while you are here." For further information regarding this event, please contact [log in to unmask] or 879.4787 voice/TTY or 866.879.6942 TTY Sprint toll free.

Refreshments will be provided at most of our events.

 For additional information, to request a specific accommodation, or this flyer in an alternate format, please contact Diane Gaboriault at or 656.3368.

Deaf and Disability Awareness Month Sponsors
Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, ACCESS, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Extension, Communications Sciences, Student Life, Women's Center, LGBTQA Services, Women's & Gender Studies, Human Resources, UVM Bookstore, Residential Life, Dean of Students Office.

Deaf &Disability Awareness Month 2005
 Planning Committee:
 Diane Gaboriault, AA/EO, Chair - Diane [log in to unmask]
 Gia Amorese, Community Member - [log in to unmask]
 Laurel Cameron, ACCESS - [log in to unmask]
 Bryan Dague, Center on Disability & Community Inclusion - [log in to unmask]
 Bill Hudson, Community Member - [log in to unmask]
 Leslie Parr, Human Resources - [log in to unmask]
 Timothy Shiner, Women's Center - [log in to unmask]
 Marie-Claire Smith, AA/EO - [log in to unmask]
Bryan Dague
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757

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Phone: (802) 656-1345
Fax: (802) 656-1357
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