Manchester: Disability Awareness Talk and Book Discussion
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with a facial difference and hearing loss? On Thursday, October 16, at 1 p.m., Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives will present a program at Manchester Elementary and Middle School about improving disability awareness and understanding. The presentation, hosted by MEMS and Manchester Community Library, is part of Manchester’s participation in the Vermont Humanities Council statewide reading of ‘Wonder,’ R. J. Palacio’s bestselling story about the power and importance of kindness in everyone’s life. The public is invited to attend along with MEMS students. MEMS is located at 80 Memorial Avenue in Manchester Center, Vt.
Drazin has a unique perspective as a person with a craniofacial anomaly and hearing loss similar to what Auggie, the main character in ‘Wonder,’ deals with, as well as his experience as a third-grade teacher. His presentation takes the group on a journey through his life, sharing with them the challenges and humor in everyday situations.
Manchester Community Library invites community members to attend a book discussion of ‘Wonder’ at the new library site, 138 Cemetery Avenue, on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will be lead by librarian Janet Kleinberg. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 802-362-2607.