Friday, September 24, 2010

Get Informed About Ferris State University's Disability Awareness Month Activities

October is an important time of the year for many reasons.

One of October's significant events is Disability Awareness Month. Ferris State University has planned a series of activities to bring attention to that fact.

Oct. 2, from noon to 3 p.m., in Ferris' Ewigleben Ice Arena hosts Michigan Sled Hockey.

The Michigan Sled Dogs are set to challenge the Ferris Club Hockey Team and the Big Rapids High School hockey team to a game of sled-style hockey. The Michigan Sled Dogs consist of players with a variety of disabilities ranging from amputees, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries. Members of the team range in age from eight to mid 40s.

Admission is $1 or two nonperishable food items.

On Oct. 12, Ferris hosts Johnnie Tuitel, a guest speaker for an event inside the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. The event starts at 11 a.m. Tuitel enjoys making college students laugh through his humorous and entertaining life stories. He is skilled at putting to rest any tensions that may arise because of the wheelchair and makes the audience feels comfortable with his disability. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to enjoy this presentation.

Admission is free, but donations of nonperishable food items are appreciated.

On Oct. 20, the movie "Music Within" will be played in IRC 120 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The movie is the true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant speaker with a troubled past. Pimentel returns from a tour of duty in Vietnam, his hearing severely impaired, and discovers true purpose and meaning through his work on behalf of Americans with disabilities. The movie has an "R" rating and is a blend of comedy, drama, biopic and war.

Admission is free, but the donation of nonperishable food items is appreciated.

For event questions or for individuals who need assistance to attend these events, contact Disabilities Services at or by phone at (231) 591-3940 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

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