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20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated

“Under the Umbrella of Civil Rights: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act” will feature three days of events and programming at Linfield College.

The program is designed to educate and increase awareness of civil rights law as it pertains to disabilities and social justice. Several events will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 1. On Wednesday a representative from the Guide Dogs for the Blind will give a presentation in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. On Thursday faculty and staff with various disabilities will hold a roundtable discussion, also in Riley Hall. Several activities designed to raise awareness about disabilities will be held Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the foyer of Walker Hall. The film “Temple Grandin” will be shown Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield.

Kevin Michael Connolly, 23, may have been born legless, but that has not stopped himfrom becoming an award-winning skier who tears down slopes in his custom-built mono-ski to professional photographer best-known for “The Rolling Exhibition,” an exhibit of photos he shot from his vantage point on his skateboard as he traveled around the world.

He will speak Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Connolly received undergraduate degrees in film and photography at Montana State University and studied in New Zealand in 2006. While traveling in Europe, he began shooting photos of people who stared at him and continued routinely taking photos of people staring as he rolled by on his skateboard. His photographs capture the curiosity that can pull people out of their everyday situations to stare. “The Rolling Exhibition” has been shown around the world and is featured in a book released last year.

Connolly was the gold medal winner in the overall junior competition at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was the silver medalist in the giant slalom in 2005. He was the silver medalist at the inaugural mono skier cross event at the 2007 X Games.

The play, “Not Until You Know My Story,” will be presented Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. Produced by Had to Be Productions, “Not Until You Know My Story” is a play that includes the stories of 14 characters based on actual interviews. The differences addressed include race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, size and privilege. The play is followed by a workshop where the participants discuss diversity issues triggered by the play that relate to the workplace and practice “crossing the bridge,” a technique of imagining how it feels to be other people as a tool for conflict resolution and inclusion in the workplace.

The events are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield Learning Support Services, Counseling Office, Student Affairs, Multicultural Programs, Athletics, Academic Affairs and the President’s Office. For accommodations or access concerns, please call 503-883-2562. For more information, call Patti Bonofiglio, 503-883-2563, pbonofi@linfield.edu.