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DiversAbility is a month-long awareness event featuring interactive activities throughout October.  This year’s theme is “Nothing About Us Without Us” and events have been planned by students who are currently receiving accommodations through WPCC’s Office of Disability Services. The events scheduled spotlight the challenges, achievements, barriers and rights of persons with disability. Events are sponsored by the Student Government Association in cooperation with the Office of Disability Services.

Schedule of Events

We have a lot of exciting things planned in which you can take part. Check them out:


Chalk The Walks

October 1-25, 2019

We want you to help spread the word! During Diversability Month, share your message helping to raise disABILITY awareness by taking to the walks in the Grassy Commons area and chalking your thoughts.

  1. Choose a disability-related message that promotes a positive culture of inclusion and accessibility.
  2. Get your chalk. Chalk will be available at Student Services or from SGA members until supplies run out.
  3. Choose a sidewalk square that is visible to students and staff and complete your chalk art message.
  4. To spread and preserve your message, take a picture of your completed sidewalk square and post it to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account. Include the hashtag #wpccdiversability.

Photos of selected chalk drawings (best representing the theme of Diversability) will be posted to WPCC’s Facebook page October 24th for one week of voting. The chalk drawing photo that gets the most likes (# of positive comments will count in case of a tie) will win a grand prize – a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Certificate; runner-ups will also be recognized. Faculty, staff, and campus visitors are encouraged to participate and are eligible for runner-up prizes.

Voting begins on Facebook on October 28th.


Nothing About Us Without Us

October 4-31, 2019
Phifer Hall Café

Enjoy a selection of essays and art pieces developed by students and presented in a gallery in our new café area in Phifer Hall. For more information, please contact Karla Lanier at


Therapeutic Miniature Horses

October 7 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
K-Building (Richardson Campus)

Visit with the special miniature horses who live and work with Successful Strides in Morganton as part of our kick-off activities. These animals are used in learning activities and you will have the chance to pet one and learn more about how they are assisting others in reaching their goals.


The Amazing Accessibility Race

October 16 • Sign Up For Time
WPCC Main Campus

Back by popular demand, the Amazing Accessibility Race pits teams against a “race course” made up of various common activities students have to perform while at WPCC. However, the team has to complete the race while being “disabled” in some manner (i.e. in a wheelchair, etc.). The race illustrates both the challenges disabled students experience completing common tasks and some of the ways they may overcome these obstacles.

For more information or to sign up for the race, please contact Karla Lanier at


It’s A Different, Different World

October 22 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 WPCC Library, Phifer Hall

Different, Different World is a simulation exercise designed to expose you to a world filled with communication barriers. The simulation focuses on the barriers faced by those who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing. The session is a drop-in (it begins when you arrive at the library) and gives you hands-on experiences of what it is like to be deaf or hard of hearing. Sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Different Different World is open to the public and is free.


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