2009
Keplinger, Roche highlight "Disabilities Awareness Week" at Benedictine

Keplinger, Roche highlight "Disabilities Awareness Week" at Benedictine
March 31, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Nearly 15 percent of the population in the United States – slightly more than 41 million people – report having a physical or mental disability. Disabilities include sensory afflictions such as blindness, deafness, or a severe vision or hearing impairment; physical disabilities that restrict activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting or carrying; and mental disabilities that affect learning, remembering or concentrating. Daniel Keplinger, artist, writer and subject of the 1999 Academy Award winning documentary “King Gimp” about his lifelong struggle with cerebral palsy, and David Roche, a facially-disfigured inspirational humorist and motivation speaker, will speak on Wednesday, April 8 in the Krasa Center as part of “Individuals with Disabilities Awareness Week” at Benedictine University. Light appetizers will be served at 6:00 p.m. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Community guests are $5. Benedictine students, faculty and staff are admitted free. For more information about the event, contact Ayat Abuakar at ayat_abuakar@ben.edu or Steven Fry at sfry@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.