Whether someone is physically, mentally, or emotionally disabled, none should be a factor. With these motives, Marquis Lee Bennett, the associate director of Student Affairs and Engagement, has brought forth the Allies' Abilities Exhibit.
The exhibit will consist of interactive games, quizzes, and conversations about the various disabilities people endure on a daily basis. It is designed to open up the audience's eyes and understand the insensitive issues around them.
Allowing others to discuss amongst each other how they can help "differently abled" individuals feel at ease is the primary goal of the event.
Thanks to the laws of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, people with disorders and deficiencies have the ability to work seek employment and schooling without discrimination. They are still welcomed as part of the general population.
People with disabilities (mental, emotional, or physical) are not always the easiest to speak with due to the illness that may hold them back from activities. It is difficult deciding whether certain questions are appropriate or if one's actions could trigger an unexpected reaction.
However, Bennett encourages many to attend an experience that he had through a similar project that solved his questions.
He was inspired by a traveling exhibit from Saint Louis University and hopes his hosting skills will help educate others to converse freely without hesitation.
The exhibit served as an outreach to those that know what disabled people are as opposed to those that know who they are. This should promote more awareness while decreasing ignorance.
The Allies' Ability Exhibit will premiere for the first time at Penn State Hazleton this week. The program will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the seminar room of the Butler building.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the exhibit.
It will educate, inspire, and allow anyone who wishes to interact with others do so in a comfortable environment.