The University of Nebraska at Kearney will be hosting the eighth annual Disability Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is to educate or inform and to promote understanding of what it is like to be a person with a disability, and particularly a college student with a disability.

Some of the Disability Awareness Week events will focus on accessibility of campus and programs while others will focus on personal coping skills and the possibilities open to people with disabilities. As a highlight, Geri Jewell, from the television sit-com “Facts of Life,” will speak on social attitudes regarding disabled individuals, human diversity and ability. Geri, a motivational speaker and exceptional actress, was the first person with a disability to become a television regular.

“We, who are not disabled, will realize that a person with a disability is a person first, a person with personality, emotions and abilities, too. And in doing so we will see that we are all more alike than different,” said Sue Petersen, Assistant Director at the UNK Counseling Center.