TIMMINS, ON: Northern College is preparing to host their 24th Annual Awareness Day on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. A long standing Northern College tradition, Awareness Day serves to increase understanding and support, giving students and members of the public a better appreciation of some of the challenges and difficulties facing many individuals. Previous years have focused on autism, mobility impairments and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The focus for Awareness Day 2013 is learning disabilities.
Awareness Day celebrations at Northern’s Porcupine Campus will begin with opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m., followed by the highly anticipated annual wheelchair rally. Members of the community are invited to register for the wheelchair rally in teams of four by calling Monique Fortin at 705.235.3211 ext. 2103. Awards and closing ceremonies will take place at 12:30 p.m. An open house with tours of the renovated Advising Services department which also includes renamed Accessibility Services will begin at 3:00 p.m.
“Northern College is dedicated to improving educational access for all students, including those facing specific obstacles to success,” says Fred Gibbons, Northern College President. “David Chalk is a dynamic speaker and I encourage members of the community to attend next Wednesday evening and gain a better understanding of the struggles and triumphs of living with learning disabilities. Awareness Day is a wonderful tradition demonstrating our commitment to barrier-free learning.”
Special guest speaker David Chalk will take the stage in the Xstrata Lecture Theatre at 6:00 p.m. to discuss his personal experience with learning disabilities and developing techniques to achieve his dreams. All members of the community are invited to attend this free informative and inspirational session.
David Chalk is many things, including entrepreneur, television personality, technology visionary and leading expert on cyber terrorism. Chalk has a severe form of dyslexia and prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces. Despite these challenges, Chalk developed coping skills and was able to overcome his learning disabilities by recognizing how to utilize his strengths. He holds frequent public speaking engagements on a variety of topics including the future of technology and employee engagement.
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology
705.235.3211 ext. 2253