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Texas Tech to Celebrate Disability Awareness Week

K'Leigh Sims

October 23, 2015

The university's Student Disability Services will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with campus-wide events all week.

Texas Tech Disability Awareness Week
Texas Tech's Disability Awareness Week campus wide events are from
Oct. 26-30.

Texas Tech University's Student Disability Services (SDS) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with campus wide events during Disability Awareness Week, Oct. 26-30.

A kick-off event for the week will occur from 2-3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26) at West Hall, 2520 Broadway, where Larry Phillippe, managing director for SDS, will speak about the ADA and the impact it has had on student and society and highlight how the ADA also has pushed technology to new heights and has pushed for a more universal design of items everyone uses on a daily basis.

"As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the goal of Disability Awareness Week is to raise awareness in the Texas Tech community for students that have a disability and to continue to provide equal opportunity and access for those individuals," Phillippe said. "The university's commitment to inclusivity, diversity and ethical leaderships have helped in creating proactive efforts to create an exceptionally inclusive environment at Texas Tech."

The ADA was signed into law in 1990 by then-President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of the United States' most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees those with disabilities the same opportunities as all other American citizens. A disability, according to the ADA, is defined as a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities.

Other events for Disability Awareness Week include Deaf BINGO from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 27) with a student speaker, an art reception and classes about best practices in accommodating students with disabilities and creating ADA compliant accessible classes online.

To show support, the Texas Tech community can pick up a wristband in West Hall, Room 335 or the free speech zone by the Student Union Building and wear it throughout the week, attend the events and share experiences with the #TTUDAW15 hashtag. Those who use the hashtag will have a chance to win gift cards, Texas Tech apparel and other door prizes via Facebook and Twitter. SDS also will give out door prizes at the events throughout the week.

For more information about SDS or Disability Awareness Week, visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/sds/DisabilityAwarenessWeek.php.