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Posted on: July 1, 2015

[ARCHIVED] MYTH - A person’s disability defines who they are as an individual.

FACT - People often label individuals with a disability according to their condition or limitations. It is common in our daily lives to hear references such as “the disabled” or “the epileptic.” Individuals with disabilities are people first.

Most people fight some form of stereotype at some point in life, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that the stereotypes people with disabilities face begin with people's attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation about what it's like to live with a disability. Myths and misconceptions about disability are widespread and are often triggered by fear, lack of understanding, and/or prejudice. Each day until Sunday, July 26th, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will present one common stereotype misrepresenting people with disabilities. It is our hope that through dispelling some of these misunderstandings, more community members will better understand the realities of life with a disability and appreciate the significant contributions people who have disabilities make when given equal opportunity.

Please join the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities on Sunday, July 26th at Pioneer Park from 6pm to 7pm at the Brookings Area Community Band Concert for free SDSU Ice Cream in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.

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