Misericordia University's The Voices Project: Disability, a poignant staged reading of memoirs that promotes understanding and examines the stereotypes and prejudices faced by those living with disabilities, debuted on WVIA-TV on Nov. 19.
The television program will be rebroadcast at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 25 and at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
The hour-long program is based on interviews done by students in the Introduction to Psychology class of Associate Professor Alicia Nordstrom, Ph.D.
The freshmen interviewed a cross section of community members and their families about living with disabilities such as deafness, blindness, dwarfism, spinal cord injury, stroke, stuttering, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, and others.
The students then wrote memoirs in the first person based on each of the interviews that captured how having a disability or having a family member with a disability has affected their lives.
A faculty writing team took the students' stories and integrated them into a staged reading that was originally read aloud on April 26 at Misericordia University. A presentation in the Sordoni High Definition Theater was recorded by WVIA for radio and television broadcast.
The presenters for the program, in addition to Dr. Nordstrom, included Erika Funke, WVIA; Misericordia faculty and staff members Kit Foley, Amy Lahart, Roya Fahmy and Scott Woolnough and student Aimee DiLucido; and community members Jason Sherry, Ellen O'Brien Sherry, Walter Mitchell, Jillian Puhalla, Kerry Brazen, Rory Giovannucci, Paige Balitski, Bob Balitski, Eric Lutz, Kimmie Wrazie, Dave Piehota, Margaret Walther, Keith Williams, Joe Domenic DeMuro, Kathryn Priestash, Sharon Quinn and Jonathan Simpson.
For more information about The Voices Project at Misericordia University, call Dr. Nordstrom at 674-8008.