Step Into My World
12 April, 2004 - 22 October, 2004

cartoon globe with legs walking and arms swinging


Contact:  , (515-572-8139), or

    , (515-572-8139),

'Step Into My World' draws attention to disabilities at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa -- Top administrators at Iowa State will temporarily experience what it's like to live and work with a disability, through a student-run program called "Step Into My World."

The program is organized by Katie Blummer and Diane Boege, sponsored by the University Committee on Disabilities, and supported by Alpha Sigma Kappa:Women in Technical Studies and Alliance for Disability Awareness.

Katie Blummer, vice president of the Alliance for Disability Awareness and undergraduate representative to the University Committee on Disabilities, says the program serves to educate administrators, staff and faculty about the obstacles persons with disabilities face and measure changes in perception following the simulated disability. She hopes that participation by nine university administrators during Veishea week will prompt other ISU departments and colleges to do the same.

The effort will conclude during the third week of October -- Disability Awareness Week -- and departments and colleges with the highest participation will be publicly recognized and presented a plaque.

Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy will experience a disability on Tuesday, April 13 from 3 to 4 p.m., during a normal work day. All volunteers, like President Geoffroy, will not know their simulated disabilities in advance, and they cannot make requests. Other administrators confirmed to participate in the exercise during the Veishea week kickoff include:

April 13
Tom Hill, Vice President for Student Affairs, 8 to 10 a.m.
Chris Ahoy, Associate Vice President, Facilities Planning and Management, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Warren Madden, Vice President for Business and Finance, 3 to 5 p.m.

April 14
Kathryn Overberg, Associate University Counsel, 10 a.m. to noon
Howard Shapiro, Vice Provost, 2 to 4 p.m.

April 15
Corly Brooke, Associate Vice Provost, noon to 2 p.m.
Pete Englin, Dean of Students, 2 to 4 p.m.

April 16
Jim Nelson, director, Thielen Student Health Center, 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Katie Blummer or Diane Boege at (515) 572-8139.

Main Page