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Disability Awareness Month: 2007

In observance of National Disability Awareness Month, the University of Nevada, Reno is hosting a series of free events and lectures in October 2007 as part of its ongoing initiative to increase awareness, accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities within the university community.

Nevada P.E.P. cordially invites you to attend Children's Art Show and Silent Auction - October 23, 3 - 7 p.m.

October 1, noon: Coming Home: The Effects of War Across Generations

Monday, Oct. 1, noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: UNR, Jot Travis Student Union, Room 244.

The University's SAGE (Scholars in Aging and Ethics) Consortium and Veterans Services host a discussion of the effects of war experienced by veterans over time. Topics include the impacts on family dynamics and the aging process, differentiating between the veteran and the war, and community resources. FREE

October 2, noon: Saigon 1965 to Baghdad 2007

Tuesday, Oct. 2, noon - 1 p.m.
Location: UNR, Jot Travis Student Union, Pine Lounge

The University's SAGE Consortium, ASUN Gerontology Club, ASUN Wolf Pack Veterans and School of Social Work present Michial Nolan, MSW, giving a compelling multimedia presentation on the recurrence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnam veterans as a result of the Iraq war.

October 2, 6:00 PM: Film: "Born on the Fourth of July"

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.
Location: UNR, Jot Travis Student Union, Pine Lounge

The ASUN Gerontology Club and ASUN Wolf Pack Veterans present this Academy Award-winning 1989 film based on the life of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam War veteran who became an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist. Discussion will follow the movie.

October 3, 5:30 PM: SAGE Circle Discussion: Ethical and Aging Issues Faced by Veterans

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: UNR, Jot Travis Student Union, Wolf Perk

The University's SAGE Consortium, ASUN Gerontology Club, ASUN Wolf Pack Veterans, JTSU and invite you to join students, faculty and community members for an open exchange of ideas, opinions and experiences related to the impact of war on American service men and women.

October 4, 5:30 PM: Stress and Distress: Reliving the Experience of War

Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: UNR, Pennington Medical Education Building, Room 16

The University's SAGE Consortium and School of Medicine present this panel discussion featuring medical practitioners discussing research findings and new services available in the Reno healthcare community to veterans returning from combat who have been traumatized by their experiences.

October 5, 10:00 AM: Disability Awareness Day at TMCC with featured guest Alvin Law

Special guest appearance by watercolor artist Karen Wheeler
Friday Oct. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Truckee Meadows Community College, Dandini Campus

Celebrate ABILITY with music, art exhibits and captivating speakers. More than 40 disability service vendors will be present, and the event will feature an exhibition from the "See ABILITY" art contest showcasing the creative achievements of northern Nevada high school juniors and seniors. Visit for more information.
FREE, includes refreshments!

October 10, 7:00 PM: Disability Awareness Month presents I. King Jordan

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Location: UNR, Church Fine Arts Building, Nightingale Concert Hall

Dr. I. King Jordan, President Emeritus of Gallaudet University, will deliver this year's keynote address for the University of Nevada, Reno's Disability Awareness Month. Dr. Jordan made history in 1988 when he became the first deaf person to lead a university in the United States. A reception will follow at the Front Door Gallery adjacent to Nightingale Concert Hall. For more information, contact Mary Anne Christensen at the University's Disability Resource Center,

October 12, 9:00 AM: Deaf Fun Day

Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Emergency Operations Center, 5195 Spectrum Blvd., Reno

Enjoy activities for all ages, build emergency preparation kits and tour the Emergency Operations Center. For more information contact Edina Jambor at (775) 887-1060. RSVP by Oct. 1.

October 12, 8:30 AM: City of Reno Access Summit

Friday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Reno-Sparks Convention Center

The Reno Access Advisory Committee (RAAC) is hosting this event summit to solicit input and develop priorities for recreation opportunities provided by the City of Reno for people with disabilities. Reservations required by calling (775) 353-2083.
FREE, includes lunch!

October 20, 6:00 PM: Benefit Dinner and Concert: "The Miracle of Yes"

Honoring Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons and Annette Whittemore
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m.
Location: Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Please join us for this fundraiser presented by the Autism Coalition of Nevada and the Lili Claire Foundation featuring a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and entertainment provided by popular musical group The Bangles and Dilana Robichaux from television's "Rock Star: Supernova."
For tickets and sponsorship information, call (775) 329-2268 or (702) 862-8141.

October 23, 11 AM: Disability Awareness Month Second Annual Accommodations Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: UNR, Jot Travis Student Union lawn

Come join the second annual Accommodations Fair featuring social and educational activities for deaf and hard of hearing youth and young adults in northern Nevada. Disability service administrators, students, parents and community members will have opportunities to see accommodations "in action" at exhibit booths. For more information contact Mary Anne Christensen in the University's Disability Resource Center,
FREE, includes noontime barbecue!

October 23, 3:00 PM: Nevada P.E.P.'s Children's Art Show and Silent Auction

Featuring our honored guest, local artist Mack Nez-Johnson
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Willow Springs Outpatient Services - 650 Edison Way, Reno

Please come and join the fun as Nevada P.E.P. recognizes Children with Special Needs Month. Enjoy refreshments and music as you view the priceless Children�s art and participate in the silent auction. Families, Agency Partners, and the community are invited to join us in celebrating the successes of Children with Special Needs! For more information call (775) 448-9950. MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN NEVADA!

October 25, 11:30 AM: Business Leadership Symon Awards Luncheon

Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino

The Nevada Business Leadership Network will be recognizing exemplary individuals, businesses and organizations for their commitment to a diverse workforce that provides opportunities and support for people with disabilities. The keynote address will be delivered by Steve Hull, Ph.D., regional workforce consultant, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, Northern Nevada Development Authority and Nevadaworks. For more information or to purchase tickets call (775) 544-6046.

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