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Disability Awareness Week

Disability Awareness Week 2013 runs October 28 - November 1

Bobby McMullen will be speaking at Disability Awareness Week 2013.  Bobby is an extreme athlete  who has remained competitive after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 12, the loss of his vision, years of dialysis, two double transplants , heart surgery, battling cancer, and having broken more bones than he can list. He is a tenacious adrenaline junkie who competes alongside fully able racers. He embraces life with optimism and humor that is contagious, and imparts that enthusiasm to audiences worldwide. 




Additional disability awareness activities at UNC Asheville included:

  • Film Screening of “The Sessions” – a 2012 film based on the life and writings of Mark O’Brien.   In the film Mark is a writer and poet who has paralysis from the neck down, uses an iron lung and wishes to lose his virginity.  He contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. The film’s star studded cast has been praised as “[arguing] in favor of living a full life, whatever one's personal constraints, of not being intimidated by societal or religious dogma or, most of all, by one's fears…” (The Hollywood Reporter). The viewing will take place on Monday October 28 at 7 pm in the Grotto in Highsmith. There is no cost for admission and all members of the UNCA campus community are invited. DISCLAIMER: The Sessions is Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue. For further information, please email
  • Guest Lecture and movie screening of “The Way Bobby Sees It” - a gripping documentary about Bobby McMullen, a competitive mountain biker on a mission to race the most demanding downhill course in the country. Adding to the difficulty: Bobby is blind. This special showing includes audio description for people with visual impairments and closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing. The film will be followed by conversation with special guest Bobby McMullen. The viewing will take place in Alumni Hall in Highsmith at 7 pm on Tuesday October 29.
  • Silent Auction - Approximately a half hour before the viewing of The Way Bobby Sees It we will begin a silent auction. Items to be auctioned off will include items donated and autographed by Bobby McMullen as well as items donated by local area bike shops. All proceeds of the silent auction will go to the Asheville division of the non-profit organization Industries for the Blind.
  • Workshop: “Industries for the Blind” - Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind will provide various stations that provide attendees with ways to experience visual impairment or blindness. Stations may include a guide dog etiquette station, braille activity, cane and blindfold practice, blind audio darts, video stations, and blind/blindfolded golf outside if possible. The workshop will take place on Thursday October 31 from 11 am - 4 pm in Alumni Hall in the Highsmith Union.  It is open to all students, staff and faculty on a drop in basis. 
  • Challenging Our Perceptions - Disability Services has partnered with Asheville's own BPM Fabrications for this event. BPM is a local prosthetic and orthopedic device manufacturer who will be running an exhibit that blends art and technology in ways that allow orthopedic and prosthetic wearers to express their imaginations and personalities through unique, one of a kind devices.  The exhibit will be located across from the Circulation Desk in the entrance of Ramsey Library from October 21 - November 1. For more information on the brace display and the Alternative Limb project, click here. More information and an accessible copy of the statement from the Disability Services Office that accompanies the exhibit can be found here.

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