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Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Raises Disability Awareness with the Great American Wheelchair Race on April 29

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
718-488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. — The Great American Wheelchair Race — an educational experience designed to develop a better appreciation for those with disabilities — will take place April 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in downtown Brooklyn.

Racers, most of whom do not need a wheelchair, will get basic instruction on wheelchair use, and will then follow a prescribed course in a timed competition. As they travel around the Campus, wheeling in and out of buildings and elevators, the competitors will stop at various stations where they will learn about hearing loss, visual impairment, learning disabilities and sickle cell disease.

The Campus Great American Wheelchair Race and Disability Awareness Day, now in its 23rd year, is sponsored by the Campus’ Student Support Services Program.

“Long Island University was one of the first academic institutions in the nation to welcome students with disabilities,” says Phyllis Brown-Richardson, assistant director of the Program. “I encourage those of you who have never had the experience of using a wheelchair to enter the Great American Wheelchair Race. You may be surprised at the stamina you will need and the insights you will gain—and you might win a prize in the bargain.”

The Brooklyn Campus is located at 1 University Plaza, at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and DeKalb Avenue. For further information, call Phyllis Brown-Richardson at (718) 488-1044.

Posted 04/26/2010

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