Bill Davis is keynote speaker for Disability Awareness Day on Oct. 15
Sept. 30, 2008
LANCASTER – Bill Davis, author of “Breaking Autism’s Barriers: A Father’s Story,” is keynote speaker for Disability Awareness Day next month at the Lancaster Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
The offices of Disability Services, Multicultural Affairs and Student Government are presenting an educational and interactive event on campus dedicated to raising awareness of both physical and hidden disabilities.
The public is invited to attend the free event scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in rooms 222 and 227 of the Main Building of the campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike.
Davis, the father of four including a 15-year-old son, Christopher, who has autism, is an advocate who speaks nationally about autism. The Quarryville resident will speak from noon-1 p.m. about his family background, understanding of family dynamics, safety, advocacy education and bullying. 
Davis has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and colleges and presented at a rally on autism in Washington, D.C. He has lobbied with former Pennsylvania Congressman James Greenwood (R-8th) on several autism bills.
Lorie Sonnen, campus career specialist, will present a workshop on learning styles. Representatives from ARC of Lancaster and Susquehanna Association for the Blind also will participate.
Two movies will be shown, including “The Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities,” which uses humorous vignettes to deliver a disability awareness message, and “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop,” a movie that allows viewers to experience the frustration, anxiety and tension faced by children with learning disabilities. Popcorn will be provided.
Light refreshments will be offered throughout the day.
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For more information about Disability Awareness Day, contact Mary Kay Mowrer, disability services coordinator at the Lancaster Campus, by e-mail or call 358-2972.
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