On Thursday, Oct. 9, as part of Disability Awareness Month, the Disability Resource Center presents, “What You Don’t See: Invisible Disabilities Examined,” at the Sixth Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference at Clayton State University. The purpose of the presentation is to raise awareness of the significant presence of invisible disabilities in our society and the challenges these disabilities present for the individual.The Sixth Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
The Diversity and Leadership Conference is designed for individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to exchange information, dialogue, and engage in critical thinking exercises to enhance self-awareness, multicultural competency, and leadership skill-set. Participants will hopefully apply information and behaviors learned to advance personally and professionally and to create healthy communities.
Approximately 26 million people are considered to have a severe disability; yet, only seven million people use a visible device for mobility – meaning 19 million of the people defined as having a severe disability, do not use a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walkers. In other words, you can’t always “see” who has a disability and who does not.
The conference is free to Clayton State students, but you must register beforehand. To register, go to https://secure.touchnet.com/C20568_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=59.