One-Handed Saxophone Performance, Demonstration Wednesday, Nov. 19, In UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall For Disability Awareness Week

David Brandt
academic services coordinator, 308.865.8798

UNK- A performance and demonstration on a one-handed, toggle-key saxophone at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall is a featured event for Disability Awareness Week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  
After surviving a massive stroke in 2000 that left him unable to play or teach, Dr. David Nabb, UNK associate professor of Music, together with Jeff Stelling of Stelling Brass and Winds in Kearney, developed the “toggle-key” saxophone that can be played with only one hand.
In 2003, this new instrument allowed Dr. Nabb to resume performing and his pre-stroke teaching activities. He has taught woodwinds at UNK since 1994. The UNK One-Handed Woodwinds Program maintains the philosophy that music is a necessary element of the human experience. To find out more about the program, visit
Stelling will also talk about the toggle-key saxophone from 2 – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, as part of the Adaptive Technology Demonstration in Room 310 of the Nebraskan Student Union.
Also on Wednesday, “Psychological Disabilities: Depression, Anxiety and Suicide,” will be presented by UNK Active Minds at 10 a.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union, Room 312. A UNK student will provide his personal insights into overcoming and reaching beyond this disability. UNK Counseling Care will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions.

In addition, the Center for Teaching Excellence will sponsor a panel discussion titled “Providing Access for Higher Education for All: Accommodating Faculty and Staff.” The panel will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Nebraskan Student Union, Room 238A. UNK faculty and ADA network representatives will be available to answer questions of accommodation for faculty, staff and students, and discuss their views on disability services and making the necessary course content adjustments to provide equal access. Participating faculty include Dr. Jan Moore, Department of Communication Disorders; Dr. Beth Wiersma, Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work; Dr. Larry Hughes, Department of Management; and Dr. Krista Forrest, Department of Psychology.

The Office of Career Services will host Career Information for Students with Disabilities at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Nebraskan Student Union Room 238A. Career information and insights into career development will be available. Counselors from Career Services will be on hand to answer questions. Information will also be available at the Career Services Office in the Memorial Student Affairs Building all week.

Concluding the week on Thursday is a 2 p.m. student presentation on Turner Syndrome and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Nebraskan Student Union Room 312. A UNK student will discuss her Turner Syndrome and how she has adjusted her learning to compensate for this disability. During this presentation, those who attend will have an opportunity to experience what a universal design for learning (UDL) environment might be like.  

Finally, the documentary “Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion” will be shown in Copeland Hall Room 130 at 7 p.m. The documentary takes an intimate look into the Reeve family after the tragic accident that forever changed their lives.  

Activities on the UNK campus are being sponsored jointly by the Center for Academic Success, Center for Teaching Excellence, UNK Active Minds, Career Services, the Women’s Center, and Collegians for Integration and Accessibility (CIA). All events during the week are free and open to the public.   

For a complete listing of the week’s events, log on to the Academic Success page of the UNK Web site at The Disability Awareness Week link can be found on the left side of the main page.