October marks national Disability Awareness Month (DAM). In recognition, Lynn is hosting several events including a basketball game where able students, staff and faculty members will play while in wheelchairs; a different abilities dinner where students wear blindfolds, earplugs and go mute while eating; and a presentation by Glee star, Lauren Potter (best known for her role as Becky Jackson), who has Down Syndrome. Stephanie Hammerman, Lynn alumna (and the first ever Cross Fit coach with cerebral palsy who was recently featured on CNN) spearheaded Lynn’s involvement with Disability Awareness Month. Current students continue her legacy.

Disability Awareness Month events include:
• Thursday, Oct. 3:  Hartwick Sypmpsium Poster Display – at 11 a.m. in Perper Plaza, Project Access students from Lynn and other participating Institutions will have a poster display to raise awareness about people with intellectual disabilities.

• Friday, Oct. 4: “Wheels to the Net” Basketball Game – at 6 p.m. in Lynn’s de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. Eleven teams of students, staff and faculty members will play a competitive game of basketball while in wheelchairs.

• Tuesday, Oct. 8: Different Abilities Panel – at 4 p.m. in the Green Center. Moderated by Maria Bel Zelaya, president of Best Buddies, students will host a question and answer forum. Lynn student panelists include Energy Maburuste (who was featured in The New York Times), Gary Pelletier and Jose Lizarralde who will share their stories and the challenges they face in their daily lives.
• Sunday, Oct. 20: Down Syndrome Buddy Walk – at 7:30 a.m. at John Prince Park Campground (4759 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth). A Lynn team will participate in the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization's 19th Annual Palm Beach County Buddy Walk.

• Thursday, Oct. 24: Different Abilities Dinner – at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The DAM committee is hosting a different abilities dinner where students are invited to walk in the shoes of those with disabilities by wearing a blindfold, earplugs and/or being mute (including not being able to audibly order dinner) for the duration of the meal. Student volunteers will be assigned an aid to help with communication and any physical help.

• Tuesday, Oct. 29: Lauren Potter from Glee – at 7 p.m. in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. Potter will share her story including challenges and successes, tell anecdotes from her work in Hollywood and host a meet and greet. This program is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.