DisAbilities Expo inspires the community

The DisAbilities Expo’s main event, held this year on Oct. 6 in the Don Taft University Center and the Alvin Sherman Library, brought approximately 1,000 people to NSU’s campus.

Some NSU students found the wheelchair basketball game particularly inspiring and were impressed by the athletes’ strength and courage. Other students browsed the Expo’s various booths and admired the artwork hanging near the north entrance of the Don Taft University Center.

At the Alvin Sherman Library, where a large portion of the exhibitors were located, Anne Leon, director of public library services, said, “a majority of the people who come are hearing impaired, but there is information for all types of disabilities.”  Representatives providing information included those from Accessible Communication for the Deaf, Inc., a full-service sign language interpreter referral agency, and Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization.

From interpreters conversing in American Sign Language, to children happily giggling as they walked around the booths, everyone seemed to enjoy the festivities at the 33rd DisAbilities Expo.

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