On March 11, the PLNU campus will take part in an event to promote accessibility awareness. This event, referred to as “Day in a Chair,” will allow students and staff to experience life from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair.
In addition to students, three cabinet members, including PLNU President Bob Brower, are scheduled to take part in the event. Each participant will spend a few hours navigating a wheelchair around campus to attend classes, meetings, and other functions in hopes of gaining insight into the challenges of limited mobility.
“We didn’t have this event while I was at PLNU, but I think it is very beneficial for people to experience this,” said Justin Skeesuck, PLNU alum and founder of The Disabled Traveler, who is unable to walk due to a progressive neuromuscular disease. “You have no idea what it is like to be in a wheelchair until you are put in that situation. It is very challenging and takes a lot of effort, so I think this is a fantastic idea to raise awareness.
Sponsored by Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society and a local non-profit spinal cord organization called HeadNorth, “Day in a Chair” ultimately seeks to spark conversation about accessibility on the PLNU campus. In order to achieve this, participants are invited to dialogue about their experiences through a debrief discussion at the conclusion of the event.
For more information about disability resources at PLNU, please visit PLNU’s Disability Resource Center site.