In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, Sauk Valley Community College in conjunction with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services, Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living and Serve Illinois will host the 2013 Empowering disABILITIES Resource Expo Wednesday, October 2 from 11:30 a.m.-7p.m. at SVCC.
The Expo will provide education to the community in regards to disability awareness, highlight abilities of individuals with disabilities and promote access for individuals with disabilities.
There are events scheduled throughout the day for all to attend. Events include Traveling Hands Troupe performance of poems, interpreted song and dance by Deaf & Hard of Hearing members, American Sign Language & Rhythm song interpretation by Crystal Schwartz, Pegasus Special Riders and Newman Shooting Star Squad demonstrations and more. There will also be presentations on empowerment, educational services and a presentation of scholarship.
A special highlight of the event is two performances (12:30 and 5:00 p.m.) by composer/pianist Chris Errera. Errera was born a diastrophic dwarf but never let his disability affect his passion for music. From the age of 3, Errera studied piano, earned scholarships to Northern Illinois University and DePaul University of Music, played for Mayor of Chicago and Governor of Illinois, performed in the Schaumburg Symphony Orchestra and toured the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After 20 surgeries, Chris holds strong to his passions, recording his first album and working as a producer for many Chicago-based artists.
This is a free event for SVCC students and the public. For more information, contact Jessica Edwards at 815-625-8885 or email Jessica.L.Edwards@illinois.gov.