WSA Presents: Disability & Diversity Sept. 12 in EAB, Also Streamed Live

| September 9, 2013

Every person with a disability is different. Hear perspectives on how and why as the Webster Staff Alliance invites you to hear insights from Daniel Mellenthin, independent living specialist, and Anne Frost, deaf & hard of hearing program specialist from Paraquad.

The event will take place live in the East Academic Building 253/262 and will also be streamed live for extended campus audiences from noon – 1 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 12. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Sept. 10.

Live Stream information: To watch the event online, visit this Webex link (see password info in your Webster Today or WSA email).

The diversity of people in our community will be showcased by reflections on personal history by a deaf person and an able-bodied individual who later became a person with a physical disability. As every person with a disability is different, the presenters will address the notion of struggling and “dealing” with challenges, as well as the long term benefits.

Ignorance of disabilities is often the truest enemy leading to discrimination, not hurt feelings or temporary discomfort. When individuals value getting to know or develop friendships with people that are “diverse and different,” they most often learn and develop greatly from such interactions.

About Paraquad

As a Center for Independent Living, Paraquad has helped people discover their abilities for more than 40 years. Many of their board and staff members live with a disability. This gives them keen insight into the ever-changing needs of people with disabilities and the importance of developing individual plans with participants to meet each person’s needs.

Paraquad annually honors St. Louis organizations with the AccessibleSTL Shine the Light Awards, and this year Webster University will be among the honorees.

If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact the WSA board at

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