The 13th annual Disability Awareness
Week at Hope College is running Monday-Friday, April 2-6.
The week is an effort to promote understanding of
persons with physical and learning disabilities, and will
feature a variety of activities open to the public in
addition to those for the campus community. Admission is
free to all events.
The week's activities will begin Monday morning
with a wheelchair challenge that will have invited members
of the college's student body, faculty and staff undergo a
mobility impairment simulation.
On Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m., the RISE campus
group will host Terry A. DeYoung, managing editor of "The
Church Herald," in a discussion of disability and faith.
The event will be held in the lounge of Cook Hall, located
at 115 E. 10th St.
On Tuesday, April 3, participants will be able to
simulate different disabilities, including mobility
impairment, hearing impairment and learning disabilities, as
well as have an opportunity to gather information about a
number of hidden disabilities. The simulations will run
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main floor lounge of the DeWitt
Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
On Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Kristen Gray and
Louise Shumaker of the Hope staff will discuss "friending,"
examining the impact of Shumaker's vision impairment on
their friendship. Gray is assistant dean of health and
counseling, and director of the Counseling Center; and
Shumaker is director of disability services. Gray and
Shumaker will also explore the effects of a variety of
disabilities on social interaction. The presentation will
be in room B27 in the Peale Science Center, located on
College Avenue at 12th Street.
On Tuesday, April 3, at 9 p.m., a descriptive
video version of the film "The Sixth Sense" will be
presented in the DeWitt Center Kletz. The video, designed
for audiences with vision impairments, includes audio
description of action on-screen. The Kletz will provide
free popcorn and soft drinks.
There will be a poetry reading on Wednesday, April
4, at 9 p.m. in room B27 of the Peale Science Center.
Members of the Hope community will read their own work as
well as works by others that discuss disabilities.
The week's keynote address will be delivered on
Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. by Lydia Graber in Cook
Auditorium of the De Pree Art Center, located on Columbia
Avenue at 12th Street. Graber, who portrayed an Ewok in the
film "Return of the Jedi," will explore humor and
On Thursday, April 5, at 9 p.m., a descriptive
video version of the film "Shakespeare in Love" will be
shown in the DeWitt Center Kletz. As with the film on
Tuesday, free popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.
The week will close with an ice cream social on
Friday, April 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the DeWitt Center