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Oct. 17, 2005

Disability Support Services Presents Awards at Oct. 25 Reception


CUA?s observance of Disabilities Awareness Month continues Tuesday, Oct. 25, as the Office of Disability Support Services holds an open house, reception and awards ceremony to recognize outstanding staff and students.


The reception will begin at 3 p.m.; awards will be presented at 4:15 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 207. The event is open to the campus community.


For a listing of complete events for the month, visit http://disabilityservices.cua.edu/specialevents.cfm.


Other events this month included a talk from John D. Kemp, an attorney and renowned disability advocate, who spoke on campus Thursday, Oct. 13, about the Americans with Disabilities Act and new developments related to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Kemp, who was born without arms below the elbows or legs below the knees, uses four prostheses to live an independent life.


?I?ve had the privilege of growing up at a time when there?s been an incredible transformation in the potential of living with a disability,? said Kemp, a former National Easter Seal Child.


For a link to a video stream recording of Kemp?s speech, visit http://digitalmedia.cua.edu/calendar/event_dsp.cfm?event=2610.


A principal attorney in the D.C. law firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter and Verville, P. C., Kemp is the CEO of three national non-profit organizations and also advises the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development on disability issues. He delivers 20 to 30 keynote addresses a year.


Almost 50 people attended the speech, which was by turns humorous (when Kemp addressed ?people of hair and the differently coiffed?), poignant (when Kemp described his 87-year-old father?s struggle with Parkinson?s disease) and passionate (when he discussed the problems still facing people with disabilities).


Co-sponsored by CUA?s Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Disability Support Services, Kemp?s talk was part of a class called The Politics of Disability, taught by Leszek Sibilksi, an adjunct professor of sociology at CUA and a consultant on disability issues for the World Bank and the U.N.


?Whoever listens to John's lectures is immediately engaged and consumed by his passion to build societal bridges, and his devotion to make full social inclusion a reality, not a science fiction,? Sibilski says.








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