Accessi-BULL: Showcasing Abilities

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2009) – From artistic performances by musical sign language interpreters and dancers of mixed abilities, to panel discussions and displays of the latest innovations in disability assistive technology, USF’s second “Accessi-BULL: Showcasing Abilities” is a day-long event focused on accessibility and inclusion.

The event, which is aimed at raising the awareness of the university and the community about issues related to persons with disabilities, takes place on Monday, Oct. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. in the USF Marshall Student Center, 2708 and 2709. It is free and open to the USF community and to the public.

 

REVolutions Dance, a mixed abilities dance company in Tampa; Sign of Da Times, a sign language musical dance company that incorporates deaf and hearing performers; as well as theatre and dance students from USF’s College of The Arts will perform throughout the day. Panel discussions will focus on the disability rights movement; Web site access for people with visual disabilities, invisible disabilities, and disability myths, and will include personal perspectives by students, and invited guests. USF faculty, students and alumni will display and discuss the latest in assistive technology innovations, including adaptations for powerchair soccer athletes and a rolling dance chair. Exhibits from disability technology developers and service groups also will be on display.

 

The event will conclude at 6 p.m. with deaf, gay performance artist Terry Galloway whose autobiographical play, “Out All Night and Lost My Shoes” shines a comic light on her childhood medical struggles.

 

“The purpose of this event is to showcase individuals’ abilities and strengths in hopes to take away any stereotypes and attitudinal barriers in regard to people with disabilities,” says Raquel Peverini, USF ADA coordinator.

 

Associate Director USF Students with Disabilities Services Daniel Berkowtiz says, “The greatest challenge we face at USF is the same challenge that is present in the community at large and that is one of attitude. And the best way to break down that type of barrier is through events such as this that raise awareness and change perspectives.”

 

For more information about the event, contact Raquel Peverini, 813-974-8616.

 The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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