A Disability Resource Expo
October is National Disability Awareness month. This year our community hosted its eighth annual Disability Resource Expo, as it does each October. This county-wide event has grown larger each year and has moved from the mall to its new location at our local events center, and lasts on a Saturday from nine in the morning until two. Though targeted for people with disabilities and their families, the more than one thousand people who attend this fair each year are from all walks of life, some with disabilities and many without.
A wide variety of vendors can be visited at the expo including the local bus company and radio stations, companies that sell wheelchairs and adaptive equipment, a booth from the bipolar group and the autism group, and a growing number of other vendors and groups each year. The Disability Resource Expo depends on the support of its vendors and sponsors for financing the event and upon its large steering committee and many volunteers who plan and prepare for the event and work tirelessly the day of the expo. Additionally, there are artists who have disabilities who are displaying their work.
The purpose of the expo is to provide resources of products and services available to people with disabilities on any kind. But, it is also a great public service for educating the general public in disability awareness. Though not one of the organizers, I have volunteered for the event in the past and have found the experience to be eye-opening, exhilarating, and surprisingly fun.
Does your community have an event geared for the general public to increase and improve disability awareness? Have you personally been involved in an event like our Disability Resource Expo, either on your own or through your place of employment?
I'd love to hear from blog readers about their experiences in their own community about promoting disability awareness.