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Meramec Campus Celebrates DisAbility Awareness Day by Honoring Students, Faculty and Staff

May 06, 2009

PHoto of Lizzie Simon - keynote speaker  

Top: Author and mental wellness advocate

Lizzie Simon was the keynote speaker at this

year's award ceremony. Bottom: The 2009

Disability Day Awareness committee with
Lizzie Simon.

The Meramec Disability Awareness Day Awards Ceremony was held Friday, April 24. The event was established to recognize the academic achievements of students who utilize the services of the Access Office. Student awards are based on a semester grade point average of 3.0 or above during the previous calendar year. Additionally, all students who work with the Access Office are welcome to nominate faculty, staff, tutors and peer note-takers who have gone “above and beyond” in providing support. Finally, faculty members are invited to nominate students whom they feel have demonstrated effort, achievement, or who have overcome obstacles.

This year’s keynote speaker was Lizzie Simon, author of "My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D". Simon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager. Though by all appearances her life was highly successful—she had an Ivy League education, lots of friends, a loving family and a career as a theatre producer by age 23—she felt alone in the world and largely misunderstood. Today, she focuses on advocacy and awareness, sharing her experiences in order to support, inspire and educate.

This year's committee members included (see photo left to right) Linda Nissenbaum, Peggy Marx, Debbie Koenig, Renee Digman, Amy Bird,  Lizzie Simon, Jane Tucker, Lindy Mullins and Meredith Herd.