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Disability Awareness

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Diversity at Ivy Tech

A basic understanding of disability etiquette can help make everyone feel more comfortable when interacting with colleagues with disabilities and can help prevent awkward situations. Disability etiquette refers to respectful communication and interaction with people who have disabilities.


Pierre Malone is a student at Ivy Tech Kokomo and has been involved with the DSS and vocational rehab for a couple of years. He is currently majoring in business administration and plans to graduate in 2021. Mr. Malone has served in the United States Marine Corps combat service and is a veteran of the Operation Desert Storm. During his service, Mr. Malone was in a self-propelled artillery, which caused loss of hearing in one ear. Mr. Malone was interviewed by Ivy Tech student Jocelyn Reyes so he could share his experiences and allow others to gain more insight about the DSS program at Ivy Tech.



This program expands awareness and knowledge of PTSD and explores the latest treatment options available today. In an illuminating case study, a Vietnam veteran who developed PTSD after his tour of duty explains how the condition destroyed his personal life and forced him into bankruptcy before he found relief through Traumatic Incident Reduction Therapy. Expert commentary comes from Dr. Glenn Schiraldi of the University of Maryland and Terry Luper of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The effect of PTSD on older veterans is a featured topic. 


Narrated by Oscar winner Kate Winslet, this inspiring film follows one woman’s quest to unlock her autistic son’s mind. Margret, whose ten-year-old son, Keli, is severely autistic, has tried a number of treatments to help him. Consumed by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition, she travels from her home in Iceland to the United States and Europe, meeting with top autism experts and advocates. She also connects with several other families touched by autism, whose struggles echo her own— As she comes across innovative, new therapies with the potential to break down the walls of autism, Margret finds hope that her son may be able to express himself on a level she never thought possible.


On fields, tracks, and courts around the world, you will find some of the most inspiring people, often fighting incredible odds. So what is it about sports that motivates them, whether it is fighting a disease or a disability, and in turn, motivating us? Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the power of sports through three incredible stories from the United States and the United Arab Emirates. 


The invention pioneered by U.S. biophysicist and rock climber Hugh Herr is an intelligent knee prosthesis system marketed as the Rheo Knee. A ground-breaking invention in the field of prosthetics, the Rheo Knee allows wearers to walk with a natural gait by using a microprocessor that automatically adapts the prosthesis to the stance and walking speed. The Rheo Knee takes prosthetic design into the realm of bionics – the intersection of medicine and information technology.


The life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has increased over the last 30 years—from 25 years old in 1983 to 60 years old today. While Down syndrome still carries certain health issues and risks, people with Down syndrome and their families are moving beyond the limitations of this disability. Patient and Special Olympics medalist Frankie Antonelli and his mother Debbie share what their family has done to help Frankie reach his full potential.


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Invisible Disabilities

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