RLA event raises students’ disability awareness

Matt Blakesley, 21, sophomore of Gillette, Wyo., tries to ties his shoe with one hand during the Wheelchair Race event Wednesday in the Student Center Lobby. — Photo by Vera Ulitina

Matt Blakesley, 21, sophomore of Gillette, Wyo., tries to ties his shoe with one hand during the Wheelchair Race event Wednesday in the Student Center Lobby. — Photo by Vera Ulitina

RLA hosted an event for students to experience having disabilities in a fun and creative way on Wednesday night.

RLA member Chrissy Black, 22, senior of Newton, Kan., said “We wanted to do a diversity program to get students involved, and create awareness of possibilities that people who don’t have the disabilities might not be aware of or take for granted such as being in a wheelchair, blind, or being deaf.”

Students took part in wheelchair races, one-handed shoe tying, blind coin identifying and crutches races.

Connie Dietrich, a sign language instructor, spoke about being deaf, and guided participants in an activity involving sign language.

Students were able to race wheelchairs around the pit, blindly feel through a bowl of rice having to find and identify various coins, try tying shoes one-handed, and walking around the pit on crutches, all of which were timed.

Prizes were given to the winners of each competition. Healthy snacks, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, an aerobics ball, weighted jump rope, and $15 iTunes gift card were all prizes given out.

Soda and cookies were provided for all participants.

A participant in the event, April Stangle, 21, junior of Harrison, said “It was fun, but made me realize how much more difficult it is to do simple tasks with disabilities.”

 

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