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A special evening with Rachel Simon, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers The Story of a Beautiful Girl and Riding the Bus with My Sister, is being hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno and its Disability Resource Center and Wolf Pack Athletics. Simon is recognized nationally for her work on issues related to diversity and disability, and her appearance is part of Disability Awareness Month.
The community is invited to the free lecture and reception with Simon in Legacy Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. A book signing will be held after the lecture as part of the evening. Parking is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex just south of Lawlor Events Center on N. Virginia St.
Simon is the author of six books, and her work has been adapted for theater, NPR, the Lifetime Channel and Hallmark Hall of Fame. Her book Riding the Bus with My Sister, about her sister's life and the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, celebrates its 10th anniversary in print this year. The book is a frequent selection of school reading programs and was adapted as a film starring Rosie O'Donnell and Andie McDowell and directed by Anjelica Houston. Her awards include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson Award for Contributions to the Field of Disability.
As part of its annual observance of National Disability Awareness Month, the University of Nevada, Reno hosts free diversity events and lectures during October and November to increase awareness, accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities within the University community and throughout the region.
For more information about Rachel Simon and her work, visit http://www.rachelsimon.com .
For more information about the University of Nevada, Reno Disability Awareness Month events, or the University's initiatives and services for people with disabilities, call Mary Anne Christensen at the Disability Resource Center, (775) 784-6000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.unr.edu/drc .