Ability Awareness Week is starting up on Oct. 23 and 24 to allow students to understand what it is like to have a disability. Activity booths will be held in the JBK Student Center demonstrating learning comprehension, hearing and visual disabilities.
“We basically want to make students more aware of our disability students,” Director of Student Disability Services Kerri Allen said.
The activities demonstrate how difficult it can be to do well in classes when a person has disabilities, whether they are physical or mental.
One booth is dedicated to learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. One of the activities shows students how a dyslexic student may actually see a text with a clear translation after the student has tried to decipher what the text is suppose to say. Another booth is dedicated to visual impairment with goggles provided by the Division of Blind Services to create difficulty seeing while playing the children’s game Perfection. One more booth is dedicated to hearing impairment where students have to lip read and put on headphones and attempt to take notes.
All of the booths will have informational handouts along with the activities to let students know more about disabilities and how to approach those who need accommodations.
“I have never helped with Ability Week before, but I will help man the booths this year” Administrative Secretary Paige Farley said. “It is going to be a lot of fun.”