Department of Family Studies and Community Development
Workshops and Conferences
The 2014 Disability Awareness Workshop was held on Wednesday, October 15 in the University Union Chesapeake Rooms. Over 300 students, faculty, staff and guests attended the event. The 2014 theme was The Diversity of Disability: Raising Awareness. The program included a student panel comprised of five current Towson University students who shared their stories about living with disabilities, a “Let’s Text About It” polling activity during which students answered questions related to visible and invisible disabilities, and a keynote address by author Andrew Solomon.
Solomon is the author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, examines the experiences of parents with exceptional children who have forged meaning through raising their children
The Disability Awareness Workshop is an annual event held each October during Disability Awareness month. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Family Studies and Community Development, Disability Support Services and the College of Liberal Arts. The goals of the workshop are to raise student awareness and understanding of individuals with disabilities and to eliminate negative stigmas and stereotypes associated with disabilities.