CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will observe Disability Awareness Week May 1-5 with art exhibitions, technology demonstrations, lectures, workshops and puppet and comedy shows.

The week is designed to help community members explore and discover life through the eyes of people with disabilities, said Joshua Byers, director of the Associated Students of OSU Office of Disabled Students Affairs.

An art exposition and disability access and technology exhibition begins the week. The disabled artists exposition will be held through from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in OSU's Memorial Union Room 213 on Monday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 2. The display features the work of Ron Heagy and Patty Kempf, who create art with only the movement of their heads.

A disability access and technology exhibition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The event highlights equipment and vehicles adapted for used by persons with disabilities.

A noon lecture series runs through Wednesday, May 3, in the MU Lounge. The 60-minute talks by various speakers will address issues related to disability awareness.

Puppets will take center stage in the MU Lounge at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a 90-minute "Kids on the Block Puppet Show," which uses child-size puppets to explore issues such as attention disorders, cultural differences, hearing, sight, vandalism and mental retardation.

A series of workshops during the week will explore how the media portrays the disabled, distance education and disabilities and technology access and the law. For information on Disability Awareness Week, contact Byers at 541-737-0734.


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Joshua Byers, 541-737-0734