RED hosts evening of events for disability awareness

RED hosts evening of events for disability awareness

The Daily Targum | April 12, 2011 | By Chase Brush

Students bowled blindfolded and raced using wheelchairs last night during the University’s first Disability Awareness Day, an event hosted by Rutgers Empowering Disabilities (RED), to celebrate Disabilities Awareness Month.

Representatives from disability advocacy organizations and New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society gave lectures on disabilities while RED performed skits about awareness in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.

“Disabilities are an extra obstacle that students have to overcome, and there was no organization that serves disabled individuals before, so we wanted to spread awareness as one of the University’s few disabilities groups,” said Vera Kiyanchenko, vice president and co-founder of RED.

RED aims to empower those with disabilities at the University and in the community, and provide them with sources of inspiration and motivation, said Kiyanchenko, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.

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