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Matt Glowacki to Speak at Disability Awareness Month Program

Bethlehem, Pa., September 28, 2009—As part of its Disability Awareness Month programming, Moravian College will hold a talk by Matt Glowacki, “The New Face of Disability” on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Glowacki's personal experiences and knowledge of life with a disability are invaluable as he explains the stages of grief and how they are reflected in disability.  His Paralympic expertise allows him to introduce the role of competitive sport in the recovery of a person's identity.  He uses his own examples from a life time of overcoming other people's low expectations for his success, to illustrate the importance of continuing to overcome obstacles and have meaningful relationships in life and love.

Glowacki was born in 1973 in Janesville, Wisconsin. His birth drew attention because even though he was healthy, he was born without legs. From the very beginning, his parents made sure to provide him with every opportunity to participate in a normal life. At age three, Matt became involved in community activities at five he was mainstreamed into Harrison Elementary School and went on to graduate from Craig High School. In his senior year Matt earned the rank of Eagle Scout, served as the Governor of the State of Wisconsin’s Key Club District, and managed his own business. He continued his education and community involvement at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in U.S. History. For more: http://www.mattglowacki.com/

This program is ideal for veterans, students, and administrators looking to be educated about the new issues effecting society. The audience will leave with an understanding of how disability affects both the person with the disability as well as that person's friends and family. It will also break down barriers that may exist between the able-bodied and those who have a disability allowing audience members to be comfortable befriending someone with a disability, so that everyone can truly be all that they can be.

The Program is sponsored by Student Affairs, Learning Services, Institutional Diversity at Moravian College.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.