Steven Ferreira, who founded the organization "Beyond Disabilities," will present the final Studium Generale of 2017, on Thursday, November 30, at 12:30 pm in Peninsula College’s Little Theater.
As their website explains, "Beyond Disabilities envisions a world where all people embrace each other’s differences,” with a mission to inform people that individuals with disabilities are just like everyone else, just living life in a different way.
Ferreira's visit was arranged to fall three days before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in order to observe this important day. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992, the day "aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.”
In addition to his Studium Generale, entitled "Living a Disabled Life," Ferreira will lead a workshop the same day with his colleague Chitalu Mumba, called “eradicating bullying” at 2:30 pm in the House of Learning, PC Longhouse. The workshop is free but requires pre-registration, due to limited space.
Beyond Disabilities has created a Facebook group called “Take Charge! Be the Change!” The group serves as a space for collaboration to share ideas, experiences, and positive energy. Visitors can share stories, discuss how they are working to build community, and any obstacles they are facing so they can work together to finding lasting, impactful solutions.
Studium Generale is free and open to the public. It was made possible through an exceptional faculty grant and is co-sponsored with the ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, PC Longhouse.
For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at email@example.com.