Barrier Awareness Day May 12, 2017

Posted on 27. Apr, 2017 by in News

On behalf of the Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities, we invite you to participate in our Annual Barrier Awareness Day, to be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. We will meet at Senior Services located at 2895 Shorefair Drive at 8:00 AM with a continental breakfast.  Our goal is to raise awareness about the challenges people with disabilities face and to encourage interdependence between persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities.

First, for the Challenge event, we will divide participants into small groups, escorted by a person with a disability.  The groups will venture into Winston-Salem while taking turns simulating several types of disabilities. This exercise creates awareness for the difficulties that persons with disabilities face daily.  There will also be at least one “guardian angel” with each group to assist as needed.

Second, we invite you to participate in the Sensitivity Training session from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the day of the event.  Following the Sensitivity Training, participants will continue to experience the world of people with disabilities during lunch.  After eating, a time of interaction and sharing will allow everyone to tell about their morning challenges and to discuss how we can make our community more accessible for everyone.  A variety of disability related agencies will be represented with resource tables and a wealth of information to share.

If you are unable to participate in the Challenge Event, please join us for the Sensitivity Training and/or lunch.  A donation of $10.00 is requested to offset the cost of the day’s events, including the lunch.   Please RSVP with the enclosed response by Monday, May 1, 2017.  Please contact us if you need to request scholarship information.

If you cannot attend, please send a representative for one or both activities of the day.  Thank you in advance for your support and participation.  By working together, we can make Barrier Awareness Day a day to remember.  A committee member will contact you before the event.  Should you have any questions, you may email or call (336) 245-5678. We look forward to seeing you on May 12!