Carleton Holds Disability Month Activities

September 25, 2004
By Sarah Maxwell

According to the 2000 Census, one in five Americans has a disability and nearly half of the population over age 65 is considered disabled. Carleton College will hold a series of events in October to honor Disability Awareness Month. Guest speakers during the month include Stephanie Cunningham of The Lighthouse Group and authors James Bauer, “The Runaway Learning Machine,” and Jonathan Mooney and David Cole, “Learning Outside the Lines.” Please see the schedule below for information about specific events.


October 1 – 31, Book Exhibit
Books and resources by and/or about people with disabilities will be displayed. 4th Floor, Gould Library

October 1 – 28, Common Readings
Read excerpts from "The Runaway Learning Machine" by James Bauer and "Learning Outside the Lines" by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole. All three authors struggled in school with learning differences, including dyslexia and ADHD. Mooney and Cole were “academic failures” who went on to graduate from Brown University at the top of their class. James Bauer will speak Nov. 2 at the LTC event (see below).

October 14, Information Table
Stop by to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as disability resources, contact information for services, and Carleton’s programs for staff, faculty and students with disabilities. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sayles-Hill Great Space

October 19, Human Resources Seminar
“Striving for an Inclusive Workplace and Campus” Presented by Stephanie Cunningham of the Lighthouse Group. 2 – 4 p.m., Sayles-Hill 251

October 19, How do Academic Accommodations Work at Carleton? A Student Perspective
Join a panel of Carleton students and alums together with Stephanie Cunningham of the Lighthouse Group in discussing the effectiveness of the accommodations process. Co-sponsored by the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching. 4:30 – 6 p.m., Gould Library Athenaeum

October 28, Common Readings Discussion
Bring a sack lunch and your thoughts about "The Runaway Learning Machine" and "Learning Outside the Lines" to this lunch time discussion. Noon – 1 p.m., Alumni Guest House

November 2, Nontraditional Learner, Nontraditional Learning Experience?
Experience learning through the eyes of a student with dyslexia in an audience simulation with James Bauer, author of "The Runaway Learning Machine." Bauer discusses his personal experience as a nontraditional learner and encourages audience participation in this special presentation. Co-sponsored by the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching. Noon – 1:30 p.m., Alumni Guest House meeting room, with lunch provided for 50.

Sponsors include Carleton’s Accessibility Awareness Committee, the Office of Disability Services, Gould Library, Dean of Students, Human Resources, the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, and College Relations

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office 72 hours in advance, (507) 646-4075.