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Curious about the barriers of disabilities? Get interactive on UCalgary campus today

Disability Interactive Zone opens eyes to the daily challenges faced by many at home and at work
March 20, 2017
Students, faculty and staff can drop by The Loft in MacEwan Student Centre, Monday from 2-5 p.m. Put yourself in the shoes of someone with a disability and learn more about how disabilities affect people at work and at home.

Students, faculty and staff can drop by The Loft in MacEwan Student Centre, Monday from 2-5 p.m. Put yourself in the shoes of someone with a disability and learn more about how disabilities affect people at work and at home. 

For thousands of people every day, there are a number of visible and invisible hurdles that can make life harder. In an event happening on the University of Calgary campus today, students, faculty and staff can drop in for an interactive session with simulated exercises designed to mimic the various barriers that persons with disabilities may experience in their work and personal life.

The Champions Career Centre will be at The Loft in MacEwan Student Centre today, offering Diverse-ABILITIES: Shifting Perceptions of Disabilities in the Workplace. Each simulation is designed to put yourself in the shoes of someone with a disability and provide an opportunity to start a conversation about disabilities and how they impact people’s lives at work and at home.

A part of Diversity Week 2017, the event will feature hand agility simulations to demonstrate limited mobility in the hands, vision impairment activities to demonstrate limited or no vision, a learning disability simulation to demonstrate challenges with reading and processing information, and a lower body impaired mobility simulation.

Disabilities are varied and range from learning challenges, to physical limitations, and visual or hearing impairment. On the University of Calgary campus, Student Accessibility Services is an available resource for students and instructors to support students with disabilities.

Students, faculty and staff can drop in between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20 in The Loft in MacEwan Student Centre.

Diversity Week is an initiative to celebrate diversity and inclusion on University of Calgary campuses through a variety of events, open to all community members. From March 20 – 24, we can embrace our differences, get involved and create safe and inclusive campuses for everyone. Find an event for you here.