Disability History Month

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In 2008, the Washington State Legislature enacted Senate Bill 6313 recognizing disability history in the public education system. Annually, during the month of October, each public school shall conduct or promote educational activities that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. The activities may include, but not be limited to, school assemblies or guest speaker presentations.  This page highlights some of the ways Big Bend Community College has recognized Disability History Month in past years.

2019

Big Bend Community College will welcome world-renowned motivational speaker Jeff Griffin to campus next week, where he will share his life-altering experiences and transformational message. His keynote will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Masto Conference Center (1800 ATEC Building).  Griffin’s presentation is free and open to the public.  Griffin is the author of “I’Mpossible: Desire. Dream. Do.” The book gives readers tools of courage, confidence and the winning results to overcome doubt, fear and complacency. His presentation will give attendees the same tools.  Griffin was physically paralyzed after an accident in college.  But with the right attitude, he was able to accomplish some extraordinary things. Griffin played in the 2004 Paralympic games in Athens, Greece and is a silver medalist for the USA men’s wheelchair basketball team. He is also a national champion who played for the Utah Wheelin’ Jazz and is a four-time All-Star MVP.   He was the number one men’s wheelchair tennis player in the state of Utah and won the St. George Marathon. Griffin also has two Guinness Book of World Records. Griffin now travels across the country sharing his message with high school and college students and corporations. For more information, visit Jeff Griffin’s website HERE!

Big Bend Community College will welcome world-renowned motivational speaker Jeff Griffin to campus next week, where he will share his life-altering experiences and transformational message. His keynote will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Masto Conference Center (1800 ATEC Building). Griffin’s presentation is free and open to the public. Griffin is the author of “I’Mpossible: Desire. Dream. Do.” The book gives readers tools of courage, confidence and the winning results to overcome doubt, fear, and complacency. His presentation will give attendees the same tools. Griffin was physically paralyzed after an accident in college. But with the right attitude, he was able to accomplish some extraordinary things. Griffin played in the 2004 Paralympic games in Athens, Greece and is a silver medalist for the USA men’s wheelchair basketball team. He is also a national champion who played for the Utah Wheelin’ Jazz and is a four-time All-Star MVP. He was the number one men’s wheelchair tennis player in the state of Utah and won the St. George Marathon. Griffin also has two Guinness Book of World Records. Griffin now travels across the country sharing his message with high school and college students and corporations.

Disability Sensitivity Training Video — This training video was sent to campus on October 2, 2019, to recognize Disability History Month.

2018

Join Big Bend ASB and Disability Support Services for a free screening of Deej, a documentary film about inclusion on October 30th at 1 p.m. in the Masto Conference Center.

Join Big Bend ASB and Disability Support Services for a free screening of Deej, a documentary film about inclusion on October 30th at 1 p.m. in the Masto Conference Center.

2017

October is Disability History Month! Let's broaden our awareness and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. BBCC is hosting two traveling exhibits on loan from the Museum of disABILITY History in Amherst, New York: Moving Forward, Looking Back and Madness in America Where to find the Displays: October 18, 19, 20: 1400 Building Student Success Center October 23 and 24: 1600 Building Lobby October 25, 26 and 27: 1800 Building ATEC Peterson Gallery *Bonus* Check out the display table of books and videos with disability themes in the Bonaudi Library.

2016

Steve Ferreria Disability Awareness Month Motivational Speaker. Wednesday, October 12 @ 1:00 p.m. Masto Conference Center (ATEC Bldg. 1800). Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, he has triumphed to become the best he can in everything he does. Accomplished Athlete, Motivational Speaker, and Business Entrepreneur.

Steve Ferreira was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1988. Shortly after birth he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  When he was 15 years old, he decided that he wanted to try to make a difference in the world. He knew he could not only positively affect the lives of disabled people, but also the lives of everyone he meets. This inspired him to start speaking at local high schools about what it is like to live with a .

To date, he has spoken over 300 times to high schools, colleges, at Kiwanis and Rotary events, luncheons, and churches. He has also spread the word internationally at his birth place, Taipei, Taiwan.

2015

Disability Awareness Month Speaker Jennifer Adams. Masto Conference Center/ATEC, Building 1800, Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Free Event.

Former Ms. Wheelchair America 2014

Jennifer Adams was born with partial limbs, yet she does not consider her struggles a burden, but instead a gift, for she has had the privilege to learn that beyond our limitations is fulfillment and life’s purpose. Jennifer is a radiant, high energy spokes-woman who enjoys singing, public speaking, and adaptive sports…

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