October 5th - October 6th, 2021. Paradise Valley Community College Virtual Living Library. Disability, struggles, and mental health. Illustration, man an woman sitting on the ground while reading books.
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Oct 05 2021

Disability, Struggles, & Mental Health

Ability360 is presenting virtually

Paradise Valley Community College is hosting a Virtual Living Library focused on disabilities, struggles, and mental health awareness. It is being hosted during National Mental Health Awareness Week. Darrel Christenson, Ability360 V.P. of Community Integration, will be considered a living book in library and will present on disability etiquette.

What is a Living Library?

The Living Library is a virtual safe space for books and readers to openly discuss varying topics. These discussions can break down biases or preconceived notions readers may have, as well as learn more about new ideas, ways of being, thinking, or struggles that make up the human experience.

With the Living Library, presenters are the books and audience members are the readers. It works just like a normal library: visitors browse the catalogue for the available titles, choose the book they want to read, and “borrow” it for a limited period of time. After reading, they return the book to the library and, if they want, borrow another. The only difference is that in the Living Library, books are people, and reading consists of a conversation.

Presentation Topics:

  • Gretchen Lebron Weed – Vitiligo: A Evolution in Beauty
  • Darrel Christenson – Disability Etiquette
  • Julia Nickens – Recovery and Coping with Mental Health struggles
  • Jennifer Ellis – Advocacy, ADHD, Autism, and Anxiety
  • Sam Irving – Art and Autism
  • Deb Kozak – Inclusion
  • Janelle Teta – Childhood Sexual abuse: the effects and the path to recovery.
  • Vala Zupko – Bipolar Disorder: A personal journey of acceptance.
  • Katoya Lee – Former foster youth finding purpose despite many struggles.

Attending the event:

Each session will be hosted through Google Meet. They will last approximately 30 min with 10-15 minutes of presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of time for questions and conversations. You will be able to ask questions but please save them until the Book has finished their story and has asked for them.

Google Meet event link will become available on the Paradise Valley Community College website.

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