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MEDIA ADVISORY: University of Missouri to Host Celebrate Ability Week

October 15th, 2016

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: The Disability Center at the University of Missouri will host Celebrate Ability Week, Oct. 10-14. The annual week-long commemoration of events is designed to highlight the valuable contributions and diverse skills people with disabilities bring to the MU campus and society.

The week will feature forums and events including:

Lee Henson Access Mizzou Awards Ceremony
Monday, Oct. 10
4-6 p.m.
Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center, MU campus
The Chancellor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities will hold a reception to announce the recipients of the Lee Henson Access Mizzou awards. The awards recognize members of the MU community who have made significant contributions to improve inclusiveness on campus.

State of Accessibility at MU
Tuesday, Oct. 11
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union, MU campus
MU will highlight and announce various initiatives that will create an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities.

Keynote Speaker Nyle DiMarco
Wednesday, Oct. 12
7-8 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall, MU campus
American model, actor and Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco will speak about his efforts to improve the lives of Deaf children around the world. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the MSA/GPC Box Office located in the MU Student Center.

For a full schedule of events, please visit:

WHO: The events are free and open to the public.

WHEN & WHERE: Monday, Oct. 10-Friday, Oct. 14
Various campus locations