October is National Disability Awareness month—or, sometimes referred to as National Disability Employment Awareness month. It has been an annual event for the past fifty years and is used as a platform to inform and educate the public about numerous disabilities, including Autism, and how they affect individuals differently. Coincidentally, this year’s Common Read, Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, is a moving and fascinating memoir about a person who was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of thirty-nine.
The Clermont campus is hosting multiple events related to Autism Awareness month. On October 14th, the volleyball team is having a tri-match to raise money for the Greater Cincinnati Autism Society. The match begins at 11:00 am and the cheerleaders will be collecting change donated to this organization.
Since the Common Read and Autism Awareness are both happening in a similar time frame, there is a book discussion that is being held on October 19th at 3:00 pm in the library. All faculty and students are invited to the discussion. E-mail an RSVP to Penny Mcginnis to RSVP to confirm your participation. There is also a “Blue Day” on the 19th. All students and faculty are encouraged to wear something with blue in it—the official color of the Autism Speaks organization.
Additionally, to help raise money for the Greater Cincinnati Autism Society, UC Clermont is collecting change from October 16th – 20th in three separate locations: the library, the Advising Center, and in Amy Simerly’s office (Peter-Jones 105). Ms. Simerly serves as the Program Coordinator of Accessibility Resources at UC Clermont.
Finally, all members of the Book and Film Club have read Look Me in the Eye and have discussed it in some depth. On October 18th, they are hosting a viewing of the movie Temple Grandin for the entire campus at 3:30, in Snyder 142. The movie is also closely tied to the Common Read.