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January 19 is Abilities Day for Trent University in Oshawa Students


Author Ryan Knighton to Share His Personal Experiences as a Blind Man

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Oshawa

On Monday, January 19, Trent University’s Oshawa campus at Durham College will host Abilities Day to celebrate students with disabilities and recognize their many accomplishments.

Guest speaker Ryan Knighton, who became blind over a period of 15 years, will give a special presentation based on his book Cockeyed which chronicles his experiences as a student, teacher, and writer. Known for his comic sense of humour, Mr. Knighton has given readings, talks and performances around the world and continues to teach literature and creative writing at Capilano College in British Columbia.

Abilities Day has been organized by Your Student Association, the organization that collectively represents students from Trent University in Oshawa, Durham College, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. This event is free and open to the public. Media are invited to attend this event starting at 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Gyms 4 and 5 at Durham College, located at 2000 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa.


For further information, please contact Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer, Trent University, at (705) 748-1011, ext. 6185.