Southern Miss Gulf Park Institute for Disability Studies Co-Hosts Amputee Awareness Day April 23

Southern Miss Gulf Park Institute for Disability Studies Co-Hosts Amputee Awareness Day April 23

LONG BEACH, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The university of Southern Mississippi

The Institute for Disability Studies on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, in conjunction with Junior Civitan, will be co-hosting Amputee Awareness Day on Saturday, April 23.

The community is invited to join IDS and Junior Civitan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Technology Learning Center as both groups observe Amputee Awareness Day. There will be free food, art activities and a wheelchair obstacle course competition during the event.

"The goal of this event is to raise awareness for amputees, especially amputees and their families along the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Tyler Edwards, assistive technology and recreation specialist for the Institute for Disability Studies. "We also want to familiarize the community with individuals who have an amputation and help promote inclusion and their abilities."

In correlation with Limb Loss Awareness Month held in April, Amputee Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to local amputee support groups, veterans, rehabilitation centers, and those with limb loss or limb difference as they come together to participate in a number of activities in their local area.

Tim Ozmun, a three-year member of the Loss for Limbs Support Group on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, said he appreciates having opportunities like this because it brings awareness to those who may not be knowledgeable about the resources available to them, especially support groups which are few on the Gulf Coast.

"For them to put on an event like this is great because it lets others know we can live an active lifestyle and are not limited to what we can do," said Ozmun, who also plays softball on the Southern Miss amputee team. "At first, I had nowhere to turn, but now to have the support and comradery is great."

For more information about Amputee Awareness Day, or to learn more about available services, contact the Institute for Disability Studies on the Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3400.