NW DSS Celebrates Disability Awareness Month

Northwest Campus Disability Support Services will celebrate Disability Awareness Month in October on three Tuesdays with special programs. All programs will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Michael Saenz Conference Center. Lunch will be served for the programs that are free and open to the public.

On Oct. 6, Reed Robinson, staff psychologist at the Veterans Administration of North Texas Health Care System, will discuss “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Its Impact on the Academic Experience.”

“Multiple Sclerosis 101” is the topic of the Oct. 13 presentation by Becky Remington, regional director of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. The last presentation, “Lost in Translation: The College Student with Aspergers Syndrome,” will be Oct. 27. Tracy Williams, NW coordinator of Career and Employee Services will be the speaker.

The month-long observance initially began in 1945 when Congress passed a law designating the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The word “physically” was removed in 1962 to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with various disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

Call 817-515-7604 or email  seleena.sanchez@tccd.edu to make reservations, which are required for the events.