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UNI to host event on inclusion of students with disabilities

October 5, 2012

Amy Petersen, associate professor, special education, 319-273-7959,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language and Learning will host its 2nd annual "Thinking Inclusively at UNI" event, "Inclusive Education and the American Dream," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, with a showing of the documentary "Willing and Able," in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. There will be a reception prior to the event from 6 to 7 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow.

The documentary takes a closer look at the Patrick O'Hearn School in Massachusetts, where one-third of the students have disabilities of some kind. The panel discussion, hosted by John Doucet, the film's director, and Bill Henderson, author of "The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for Everyone," focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities in schools.

For additional information, contact Amy Petersen, associate professor of special education, at 319-273-7959 or