FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College will be hosting the traveling exhibit Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit on Tuesday, April 4 from 9am-6pm at the Cleveland campus in Centennial Hall. This exhibit is designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability issues and there is no cost to attend. Using a multi-media approach to demonstrate respect, comfort and awareness, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators.
It has been over twenty years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and over forty years since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Both of these laws protect against discrimination of people with disabilities by requiring equal access to employment, education, goods and services.
Americans have progressed in their attitudes and behaviors toward people with disabilities; however, there remain questions and concerns about appropriate communication, comfort level, and inclusive practices.
When it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities, people ask, "What should I do?" How should I respond?" "Is it okay to say that?" "How can I become an ally?" The exhibit will attempt to answer some of these questions.
All are welcome to experience The Ability Exhibit when it visits LTC. For more information, please contact Nicole Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 920.693.1120 or visit gotoltc.edu.
About Allies For Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit
Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit was created by Saint Louis University (SLU) graduate students in the Disability in Higher Education and Society course under the direction of their instructor, Karen Myers, PhD. "I was so inspired by [graduate student] Anne Marie Carroll's initiative that I formed a team of students to take her idea to the next level," said Myers.
Evolving from a class project into a sophisticated exhibit, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit debuted at SLU on October 27, 2010. "More than 150 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the unveiling, timed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)" (Karen Myers in Business Officer, March, 2011).
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.