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Library to host two events in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The Red Deer Public Library will host a pair of programs to create awareness about living and working with disabilities in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Speakers Michelle Bissell, Voices of Albertans with Disabilities Education Coordinator, and Roxanne Ulanicki, VAD presenter, will offer virtual, interactive presentations about ableism, appropriate language and behavior, dignity, spoon theory, and etiquette, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., live on RDPL’s Facebook page.

On Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., in the Downtown Branch’s Snell Auditorium, as RDPL welcomes panelists from Red Deer and Edmonton with disabilities for a virtual and in-person discussion.

“Our guests will talk about the Seven Principles of Universal Design, what it’s like living in Edmonton and Red Deer with disabilities, how to find meaningful employment and activities, and library materials, programs, and accessibility features,” said Tatiana Tilly, Red Deer Public Library’s Strategic Planning and Engagement Manager.

“All panelists at both programs live with a disability, so they bring a personal perspective and experiences to the presentation through their own stories.”

Tilly noted that while the subject of disabilities is a serious topic, both events will be fun and enjoyable.

For more information, visit rdpl.org/events.

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