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Disability Awareness Week 2010

Disability Awareness Week Events 2010

Kensington And Chelsea College Hosts Disability Awareness Week

Kensington and Chelsea College has teamed up with several leading local and national organisations to raise awareness about disability.

From Monday October 18 the college’s Study Support Team will be hosting a week of activities and events, aimed at developing people’s understanding of different disabilities.

Representatives from the Royal National Institute For Deaf People, Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea and Enhance the UK are among those kicking off the cross-college event with stalls offering free advice and information.

Among the activities taking place is an opportunity to use vision restricting goggles and wheelchairs to experience what it feels like to be visually impaired or a wheelchair user.

Workshops will also be running to broaden people’s knowledge of sign language and to teach the signs for commonly used phrases.

The week culminates with a production called ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ staged by Graeae Theatre – a disabled-led theatre company that profiles the skills of actors, writers and directors with physical and sensory impairments.

Reg Cobb, Kensington and Chelsea College’s Study Support Officer said: ‘Having a disability doesn’t mean you’re held back in life and it’s important to focus on the abilities rather than disabilities. The aim of the Week is to raise people’s awareness about disabilities and how barriers can be overcome with the right attitude, support and services.’

The College’s Study Support Services already has an excellent reputation locally for providing a wide range of support for people with disabilities to ensure they can complete their course successfully.

This includes support workers for people with learning difficulties or brain injuries, communication support workers for deaf students, one-to-one tutorial support for students with dyslexia and zoomtext software for students with visual impairments or jaws software for blind students.

To view the list of events taking place at the college please visit: www.kcc.ac.uk/events/2010/disability_awareness_week_2010