Two presentations show how people with disabilities meet challenges
An estimated one in five people have a disability. From physical and learning disabilities, to attention deficit and mental health issues, people have learned to meet the challenges of their disability and succeed in life. 

Learn more from a few of them during the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s “Celebrate All Abilities” annual disability awareness events October 29 and 30. 

Mental health is the focus of mother and daughter authors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Cinda and Linea Johnson, who wrote “Perfect Chaos,” will share the story of Linea’s struggle through the diagnosis, treatment and acceptance of bipolar disorder; and her mother’s pain, love and pride for her daughter in this fierce fight. 

Their talk, “A Journey of Recovery,” is open to the public, free and will be held in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center.  It is sponsored by Ministry Health Care, Healthy People Portage County, Mid-State Technical College and UW-Stevens Point Disability Advisory Council. 

Hear about the challenges of having a disability while attending college at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. A panel of six students with disabilities and two parents of students with disabilities will share challenges with Asperger’s syndrome, learning disability, attention deficit disorder, mobility disability and vision and hearing impairments. 

 Their free presentation will be in Dreyfus University Center Theater. It is sponsored by UW-Stevens Point Disability and Assistive Technology Center and Disability Advisory Council. 

“This event offers our campus and the community an opportunity to learn firsthand how a disability may impact someone’s life, and at the same time, how people manage to cope with and meet the challenges of their disability successfully.  It can be a life-learning experience for all of us,” said Jim Joque, director of the Disability and Assistive Technology Center.​

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