Texas Tech Hosts Disability Awareness Week

Hosted by Student Disability Services, this week will bring awareness and show support for Texas Tech community members that identify with a disability.

Disability Awareness Week

Student Disability Services will host events during Disability Awareness Week (Oct. 2-6) to raise awareness and show support for members of the community that identify with a disability.

The week begins with a kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 2) in the North Plaza of the Student Union Building (SUB). The Masked Rider and Fearless Champion will make an appearance at the event and there will be various giveaways as well as free T-shirts.

Disability Awareness Week concludes with an art gallery showing during the First Friday Art Trail from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Graffiti Building.

The gallery will showcase the artists’ abilities and focus on the unique talents from the perspectives of people familiar with disabilities, either from the experience of having a disability or sharing the disability perspective with a relative or friend. Art submissions include drawings, digital art, music, photography and more.

“We want the community to join us in celebrating creative differences and talents of individuals that identify with a disability,” said Larry Phillippe, managing director for Student Disability Services. “When we focus on the abilities of people, it helps us understand each other better, connect better and appreciate the diversity in all of us.”

Other events throughout the week include:

  • Canvas Painting: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 3) in the SUB
  • Deaf Bingo: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5) in the SUB

To show support during the week, the Texas Tech community can wear a wristband available at the kickoff event and the art gallery. The community can also share their experiences using the #TTUDAW17 hashtag online.

For more information about the events during Disability Awareness Week and Student Disability Services, visit their website.

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Student Disability Services

Disability Services - West Hall

Located in West Hall, Student Disability Services (SDS) is one of the most comprehensive departments for students with disabilities in the state, where the staff provides a variety of accommodations and services for individuals with disabilities. Accommodations will be made in response to the specific disability.

Here at Texas Tech, Student Disability Services encourages students to overcome challenges and attain personal and academic success while the SDS staff functions as a student advocate.

Student Disability Services also offers a supplemental academic enhancement program for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, known as the TECHniques Center. The TECHniques Center is a program that provides one-on-one, regularly scheduled content and study skills tutoring, as well as weekly meetings with an academic counselor.

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