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Disability Awareness Month: 2010

In observance of National Disability Awareness Month, the University of Nevada, Reno is hosting a series of free events and lectures in October 2010 as part of its ongoing initiative to increase awareness, accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities within the university community.


September 16 - November 23

City of Reno/Paralympic Sport Reno Fall Adaptive Sports Programs

The Fall Adaptive Sports Programs are held from Sept. 16 - Nov. 23. Call April Wolfe at the City of Reno, (775) 333-7765.

Adaptive Golf

Thursdays, Sept. 16 - Oct. 21, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Rosewood Golf Course, 6800 Pembroke Dr., Reno. FEE: $75

Northern California Nevada Adaptive Cycling Series

Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. • TMX, 110 Woodland Dr. (adjacent to Mayberry Park), Reno Riders, families and friends will sample adaptive cycles on the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. Lunch provided by Carson City BBQ and Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America. FEE: $10, includes lunch!

Youth Wheelchair Basketball

Tuesdays, Oct. 19 - Nov. 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Evelyn Mount Community Center, 1301 Valley Rd., Reno. FEE: $36

September 17, 8:00 AM: NNHRA 8th Annual Diversity Conference

Friday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 2702 S. Virginia St., Reno Northern Nevada Human Association conference will include keynote presentation by Dr. Shirley Davis, "The Business Case: Why Diversity and Inclusion Resources are Good for Business." Call (775) 323-5544 or visit

September 18, 9:30 AM: DSNNN Buddy Walk

Saturday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. Sparks Marina, Sparks
Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada hosts its 5th annual walk supported by the National Down Syndrome Society, to promote awareness/inclusion for people with Down syndrome. Visit or call or call (775) 828-5159.

October 1: NAMI State Conference

Friday, Oct. 1 • Best Western Air Plaza Hotel, 1981 Terminal Way, Reno
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) State Conference Jan Boucher, Dr. Mark Viner, NNAMHS director Roslyn Reynolds and police officer Patrick O'Bryan. Call John Tyler at NAMI, (775) 329-3260. FREE

October 15, 5:30 PM: The Note-Ables: Noodles and Notes

Friday, Oct. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr., Reno
Join this family friendly fundraiser to support programs for people with mental and physical disabilities. The event includes musical performances featuring talent from the Note-Ables programs. Call (775) 324-5521. Tickets: $10, includes dinner!

October 18, 9:00 AM: 5th Annual Accommodations Fair

Monday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • UNR, Joe Crowley Student Union, Reno
Nevada Governor's Proclamation presentation:
Sherry Manning, executive director, Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Lunchtime presentation and hearing dog demonstration:

Robin Dickson, CEO/president of Dogs for the Deaf
The Accommodations Fair is for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Disability services administrators, students, parents and community members will be able to see accommodations "in action" at exhibit booths. Call Mary Anne Christensen at the UNR Disability Resource Center, (775) 784-6000 or email FREE

October 18, 9:00 AM: Kwame Anthony Appiah - Cosmopolitanism

Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 13 - 14, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. • UNR, Joe Crowley Student Union, Reno
Open to all Washoe County School District transition age youth 14-22 with disabilities, the Career Fair will host business professionals offering career guidance, as well as job-readiness workshops and self advocacy and benefits-planning training. Call Cheryl Katzmark, (775) 333-7878 or email FREE

October 29-31: Sierra Storm Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 29 -31. 1 - Plumas Gymnasium, Reno
Hosted by the Sierra Challenge Athletic Association in cooperation with the City of Reno Adaptive Recreation Program, teams from the U. S. Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) will join the Sierra Storm in a fun-filled weekend. Call April Wolfe at the City of Reno, (775) 333-7765. FREE

November 3, 10:30 AM: Keynote: John Register - Desert Storm/Desert Shield Veteran and Paralympic Games Silver Medalist

Wednesday, Nov. 3 • UNR, Reno and WNC, Carson City
Military Support And Veterans Service Organizations Fair, Raffle and Prizes: 10:30 a.m. - Noon AND Keynote: Noon - 1 p.m. • UNR, Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom, Reno.
Keynote AND Address by Reno Vet Center: 3 - 4:30 p.m. • WNC, Marlette Hall, Cedar Building, 2201 West College Parkway, Carson City.

Three-time NCAA All-American in track and field, Olympic qualifier and Desert Storm/Desert Shield veteran, John Register also won nine Gold Medals in the Army's World-Class Athlete Program Armed Services Competition. After a devastating life-changing injury, he rallied back to take the Silver Medal and set the American record in the long jump at the international 2000 Paralympic Games. He currently manages the Paralympic Academy Youth Outreach Program and directs the USOC's Paralympic Military Programs for service members who return from conflict with physical disabilities. His powerful keynote, "Hurdling Adversity," challenges audiences young and old to unleash the inspiration within. Call UNR at (775) 784-6000; and WNC at (775) 445-3266. FREE, includes lunch/refreshments!

November 5, 9:00 AM: ASUN Diversity Conference

Friday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • UNR, Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom, Reno
The Associated Students of University of Nevada (ASUN) Department of Campus Unity announces this year's diversity conference: Learning Diversity - Education in a World of Difference. FREE for Nevada students; $5 for nonstudents

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