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DiversAbility is a month-long awareness event featuring interactive activities throughout October. We are spotlighting the challenges, achievements, barriers and rights of persons with disabilities. 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

Throughout the Month of October

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.

Winners will be announced November 1st.


Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

October 3 12:00 – 1:30 PM • Leviton Auditorium
October 4 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (starting hourly) • Leviton Auditorium

Click or tap the video below for a preview of the movie:

From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

Following the movie on October 3, a panel of WPCC students will give their perspectives and experiences as a part of Disability Awareness Month. The movie will play each hour on October 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but there will be no student panel during these presentations.

Admission is free and free popcorn will be given during the October 3 viewing. A sign language interpreter will be provided and Leviton Auditorium is wheelchair-accessible.

The general public is invited to attend. For groups of 10 or more, please call (828) 448-3153 or (828) 448-3154 to reserve your space.


Celebrate DiversAbility Kick-Off

October 4 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
K-Building (Richardson Campus)

We formally kick-off the celebration of DiversAbility this October at WPCC at K Building (the Richardson Campus) by continuing the Chalk the Walks activity at K Building (discussed above – come share your slogans and designs). Plus, you can 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.


It’s A Different, Different World

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

October 25 • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
K Building (WPCC Richardson Campus)

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.


Tie-Dye T-Shirts

October 10 • Sign Up for Time
WPCC Grassy Commons

Make a memento for our DiversAbility Month celebration at WPCC as we create tie-dye t-shirts in the Grassy Commons area between buildings on the Main Campus. For more information or to sign up to make a shirt, please contact Karla Lanier at


The Amazing Accessibility Race

October 17 • 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


Service Animals Meet And Greet

Week of October 22
WPCC Grassy Commons

Join us throughout the week in the Grassy Commons area and meet service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals as they visit the campus. You will have the chance to learn more about how these animals provide vital services to those with disabilities.


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