Anne Rudder Erdman to Promote Disability Awareness Month

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: October 09, 2013

Anne Rudder Erdman talk on Disability Awareness

Thursday, October 24, 2013
7-9:00 p.m.
Rudder Tower, Room 601

Governor Rick Perry officially designated October as Texas Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month. As stated in his proclamation, "Throughout our state’s history, Texans with disabilities have played an important role in making Texas the greatest state in our nation to work and raise a family. Demonstrating the remarkable qualities of the Texas spirit – courage, independence and ingenuity – they have filled some of our highest offices, fought in historic battles and contributed to the art and culture of our state." 

Each year, October is designated Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month in Texas to celebrate the many Texans with disabilities who have influenced our history and recognize the endeavor toward full civil rights and equal opportunity for all.

On October 24, the Center on Disability is sponsoring a talk to honor and promote disability awareness and celebrate Texas A&M's 50 Years of inclusion. 

Anne Rudder Erdman, daughter of General Earl Rudder, will speak on Disability Awareness and Acceptance on Thursday, October 24, in Rudder 601 from 7-9 p.m.  Community members who will reflect on their experiences as self advocates will join her. 
Anne Rudder Erdman will reflect on her memories of fifty years ago during a time of great change at A&M as well as her experiences as a family member of a person with a disability. This event coincides with the acknowledgement of the 50 year anniversary of then president Gen. James Earl Rudder opening the doors of TAMU to African-Americans and women – a landmark decision that put the university on a clear path toward preeminence as a major teaching, research and service institution.
This event is sponsored by Project Sunshine via a grant from the offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. It is presented in collaboration with The Center on Disability and Development, The Multicultural Center’s Diversity, the Disability Services Office and TAMU Student Organizations Mays MBA Students Helping Our Community, Autism Speaks, Student Council for Exceptional Children. 
Contact Dr. Amy Sharp, for additional information.