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Experiential Disabilities Sensitivity Workshop Set at CCC Sept. 19

 

The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College will present a disabilities sensitivity workshop that will allow participants to experience some difficulties of daily life that are faced by those with disabilities from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19.

Presenter Arthur Aston was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair or full-body crutches for mobility. Though doctors believed he would never develop physically or mentally, he now drives his own car and has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychological counseling from Monmouth University and a master’s degree in psychological counseling from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He currently is pursuing a doctorate in advanced studies in human behavior. His website, “See the World from Our View,” is at www.our-view.com.

Aston created his educational program, also titled “Our View,” after noting concerns regarding quality of life from others with physical disabilities. The mission of “Our View” is to educate and raise awareness of and sensitivity toward people who have physical disabilities. The workshop also intends to change the perception and tone of conversations regarding those with physical disabilities.

The workshop will consist of three parts. Part 1 will provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically as it relates to public accommodations and commercial facilities. Part 2 will offer a hands-on experience for those willing to don leg braces, use forearm crutches, sit in a wheelchair and/or simulate visual impairment with goggles while attempting to complete some day-to-day tasks. Part 3 will consist of a question-and-answer session.

“Our View” will take place in Camden County College’s Civic Hall, which is located inside the Connector Building on the Blackwood Campus. The campus, which offers abundant free, off-street parking, is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

Space for this event is limited. To reserve a seat or further information, contact Cultural and Heritage Commission executive director Sandra Turner-Barnes at (856) 227-7200 ext. 4063, or stbarnes@camdencc.edu.


Published: September 11, 2013