With support from the administration, Gordon College will be hosting “Beyond Disabilities,” a week for students and interested members of the community to explore the topic of disabilities this February 17–21, 2014. Students from Gordon College would like to uphold the “Beyond” tradition due to the success of “Beyond Colorblind” week last year.
The purpose of “Beyond Disabilities” week will be to cultivate an elevated discussion about disabilities, confront preconceptions and negative assumptions, and attempt to make Gordon a place more hospitable to individuals with disabilities. The goal is to transform attitudes through education, interactions, and conversations. We plan to advertise these events and make all discussions open to the public.
This student led week was envisioned by senior Leah Serao, an elementary education and linguistics double major with a concentration in special education, who wanted to engage the Gordon community in the topic. With the help of other students and professors, Beyond Disabilities week has grown from an idea to an actuality. The college is hosting close to 20 events that range from movie showings, to lectures, to panel discussions, and interviews that engage the community to think about disabilities from many viewpoints.
In addition, Gordon College is very excited to bring multiple speakers to campus and to host Temple Grandin as the keynote. Please join us in this very exciting week.
Special Thanks to our Sponsors
GCSA, Academic Affairs, Division of Social and Behavioral Science, Convocation, Elementary Education Department, Special Education Department, Gordon Film Society, Academic Support Center, Windrush Farms, L¹Arche Community, Communication Arts Department, Economics & Business Department, Graduate Education Department, Middle School Education Department, Recreation and Leisure Studies Department
Education, Sociology, Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Kinesiology, Biology, Recreation & Leisure, Social Work, Linguistics, Psychology, Communications, and Art
The Academic Support Center and Residence Life
Keynote Speaker: Temple Grandin