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Source: Jaclyn Anderson, 785-532-6441,
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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Raising awareness about disabilities will be the goal of K-State For All!, March 1-12, at Kansas State University.

K-State For All! offers a variety of free events, all open to the public, to help showcase the contributions made by people with disabilities, as well as examine barriers, such as discrimination, which they have faced in the past and continue to confront, according to Jaclyn Anderson, assistant director of disability support services at K-State.

The kick-off event for K-State For All! will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the lobby of Derby Dining Center. Sponsored by K-State's Association of Residence Halls, the event includes free food for the first 100 people to attend, bingo for prizes and information tables.

Other K-State For All! activities include:

* An art exhibit featuring works by Vernon Bode, K-State professor emeritus of biology, and members of a Lawrence Parks and Recreation special population art class, March 2-12, in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery on the first floor of the K-State Student Union.

* K-State For All! display, March 2-12, second floor of the Union. The display, sponsored by disability support services and the K-State Student Governing Association, is a pictorial timeline on the civil rights history of people with disabilities.

* The award-winning French film, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Union's Little Theater. Sponsored by the Union Program Council, the film is based on the memoir of an editor of the French Elle magazine, whose world was turned upside down when he was left physically paralyzed.

* "Stuff-a-Bear," a benefit for children with disabilities, 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Union courtyard. Participants can have fun stuffing a toy bear, dressing it and naming it. All stuffed animals will go to area children with disabilities. The Union Program Council's After Hours Committee sponsors the benefit.

* "MS: My Secret" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Union's Little Theater. The nonfiction play is based on the true stories of individuals who have multiple sclerosis and aims to spread awareness about the disease and show the creative coping people use to overcome obstacles caused by it. It was written by Sarah Price, a K-State graduate student in drama therapy, St.Louis, Mo.

* Chris Fonseca, comedian, 10:15 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Union's Forum Hall. Fonseca has cerebral palsy and provides perspectives on living with a disability. He is a veteran of the stand-up comedy circuit and has appeared on "Latino Laugh Festival," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Loco Slam" and "Look Who's Laughing." The Union Program Council's After Hours Committee sponsors the performance.

* Matt Glowacki, a motivational speaker who was born without legs, will present "Diversity According to 'Family Guy' and 'South Park'," 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Union Ballroom. Glowacki, a businessman, community activist and Paralympian, will identify ways programs like "Family Guy" and "South Park" break down stereotypical attitudes regarding people's difference. A reception for Glowacki and for artist Vernon Bode and members of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation special population art class will precede the event, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Union's Kemper Art Gallery. Both events are sponsored by the Union Program Council.

More information on K-State For All is available by contacting K-State disability support services at 785-532-6441 or at