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Film, discussion mark Disabilities Awareness Month

Friday, September 28, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A film based on the true story about how a child with severe disabilities overcame numerous obstacles to become a successful and celebrated adult will be shown Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

The screening of Front of the Class, an event marking Disabilities Awareness Month, will be followed by guest speakers who will share their stories of challenge and determination in the face of all odds.

As a young child, Brad Cohen was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. Throughout his teen, college and post-college years, he was mocked and shunned for the twitches and noises— characteristics of the disorder—he produced. His remarkable story chronicles how he turned Tourette's into an asset and a lifelong learning opportunity, landed his dream job teaching grade school and became Georgia's First Class Teacher of the Year.

Guest speakers include Candace Whiting, who has Down syndrome, and Lauren Reis, disability services coordinator at Hood College.

The event is sponsored by Hood's human resource office and office of multicultural affairs and international student programs.

For more information, contact Kiran Chadda, Ph.D., director of multicultural affairs and international student programs, at