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Bates Technical College hosts Disability Awareness Day

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm with No Comments »
October 9, 2012 8:27 pm

Enumclaw resident Carol Decker will be the featured speaker at Bates Technical College’s annual Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday Oct. 17. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bates Downtown Campus Auditorium, 1101 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma.

Decker’s goal is to help people understand the issues surrounding disabilities and spread awareness about the deadly reaction to infection known as sepsis.

Now blind and a bilateral amputee, Decker was 31 weeks pregnant when she was stricken with a blood infection that often turns deadly. She will share her story of survival against all odds and her journey toward independence following 97 days in the hospital, more than 20 surgeries, and several prosthetics.

Decker will demonstrate how she uses adaptive technology to perform everyday tasks, like using a color identifier to determine the color of shirts, or a voice-recorded labeler to help identify the contents of food containers.

Call the Diversity Center at 253.680.7113 to learn more about this free community event or use this link.

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