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Week of Activities Aims to Foster Understanding

Events Seek to Empower People, Not Words

UMass Lowell Disable the Label
"Disable the Label Week" aims to educate the campus community about the harm of labels applied to people.

By Julia Gavin

We live in a world whose people love to label. Titles and adjectives can help make sense of our fast-paced cultures, but they can be harmful when applied to people, categorizing and limiting their place in our society.

The Disable the Label Club has partnered with Disability Services, Student Activities and others on campus to take back power from these words and illuminate the real people behind labels related to ability.

“Disable the Label Week” events will educate the campus community about issues faced by people with physical, educational or social struggles. The events will also celebrate the unique abilities and perspectives of people who have been labeled as different.

For more information about Disability Services at UMass Lowell, visit their website.

‘Disable the Label Week’ Activities 

“World Autism Awareness Day” and “Disable the Label Week Kick Off”
Monday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. on East Campus
Watch as Fox Hall joins prominent buildings across the world by lighting up in blue to raise Autism awareness. Then, see how several UMass Lowell students navigate college life with impaired and different abilities in a screening of “True Life,” followed by free snacks and prizes in the Fox Hall Common.

“Asperger’s Are Us” Sketch Comedy Show
Tuesday, April 3, 4:30 p.m. in O’Leary 222
After meeting at a camp for kids with Asperger’s Syndrome, four young men decided to see the funny side of life through the eyes of Aspies. “Asperger’s Are Us” have since performed their special brand of sketch comedy throughout the region, opening audiences’ eyes to the world they’re missing. Free for UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff.

ADHD Resource Table and Student Peer Support 
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McGauvran Hall
Learn more from staff and peers about managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in college.

Free Screening of “Temple Grandin”
Wednesday, April 4, 5 to 8 p.m. in O’Leary 222
See the story behind renowned animal behavior expert Temple Grandin, who drew inspiration from her life with Autism to improve the lives of animals and farmers, in a biographical film starring Claire Danes.

Deaf Culture Presentation
Thursday, April 5, 11 a.m. in Mahoney Hall’s Comley-Lane Theatre
Learn more about the rich culture created by deaf communities as presented by Prof. Robert Clanton of the New Hampshire Technical Institute and UMass Lowell students.

“Head Injury and Concussions on College Campuses”
Friday, April 6, 10 a.m. in the Campus Recreation Center Conference Room
Guest speaker Pierre Rouzier, M.D., will lead a panel discussion about safety and awareness of head injuries on campuses. There will also be a demonstration of assistive technology projects sponsored by electrical engineering students. The event, sponsored by the Network of Health Educators, will include lunch. Please RSVP to 978-934-4574.