Cameron University brings disability awareness to forefront with speaker and activities

In observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Cameron University will put disability awareness in the forefront on Monday, October 5, and Tuesday, October 6.

On Monday, October 5, the Office of Student Development will host a disability awareness event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The event will feature interactive stations where participants can learn more about disabilities such as visual impairment or learning disabilities in reading comprehension. In addition, various community organizations who provide services and support to those with disabilities will be present to share information and answer questions.  Cameron’s annual disability awareness event is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to gain an understanding of what it means to live with a disability.

photo of Chet McDonielOn Tuesday, October 6, guest speaker Chet McDoniel will present “You’re Not Broken, You’re Don’t Need Arms to be a Success.” McDoniel, who was born without arms and with shortened legs, hopes to motivate others to overcome obstacles and find happiness in their lives. As an inspirational speaker, he has inspired thousands to get past barriers in their lives and to have a positive attitude. McDoniel will speak at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom. His presentation is open to the public at no charge and is sponsored by the Office of Student Development, Cameron Athletics, the Programming Activities Council and Cameron University Concerts and Lectures.

On January 5th, 1980, Chet McDoniel was born into this life with no arms and shortened legs. Though dealt a vicious blow in the delivery room, Chet’s parents decided to raise him as they would any other child. They instilled a positive attitude in Chet that carries with him through to this day.

Throughout McDoniel’s life, he has faced many struggles, yet he remains positive throughout these obstacles and believes that he has the secret to enjoying life to its fullest.

McDoniel graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film Production. McDoniel owns Off to Neverland Travel – Disney Vacations. He and his wife, Joni, live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with their daughters Hannah and Olivia.

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September 29, 2015

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