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Lecture aims to raise awareness of disabilities at FGCU

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Office of Community Outreach will kick off its The Community Speaks lecture series with “I Am Able: Raising Awareness of Disabilities.” Led by Cori Bright-Kerrigan, director of Adaptive Services and coordinator of University ADA, the lecture aims to educate students about disabilities, as well as Adaptive Services at The program will be specifically targeted at FGCU students, as it will explain what the university does to support individuals with disabilities. Students will also be told how to support their fellow students through volunteer efforts and by supplementing other needs. “[Students] will learn about how disability services came to be, what Adaptive Services does,” Bright-Kerrigan said. “They will also learn about what it’s like to live with a disability and how that may impact their educational process.”

In addition to Bright-Kerrigan’s lecture, a panel of students and alumni will be there to share their stories. Attending students will be able to ask questions, and there will be a led discussion on some of the lecture’s main topics.

“[I’d like to see] an awareness and sensitivity toward individuals with disabilities and the goal of fostering an inclusive environment for all,” Bright-Kerrigan said. “Also, a broader understanding of disability services and the support that is offered to individuals with disabilities.”

Each lecture in the series will begin with a small reception, which all students are welcome to attend. To RSVP, contact the Office of Community Outreach at 239-590-1258 or send an email to .

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