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“Shreking it” at Toledo

November 26, 2008

Quote of the day: “We want to Shrek it up!”–Logan, talking to the Toledo audiences about how many people most documentary films reach compared to how many a blockbuster like Shrek reaches. FYI: Shrek sold over 20 million copies in one day.

To kick off our Ohio trip, Darius and crew met up with University of Toledo professor Dave Strukel. Dave was a great host.

Not only did he hook us up with some much-needed court time, he played with us, too! Nobody on defense could stop “the Strukester” from draining the threes.

In addition to showing off his skills on the court, Dave did a great job drumming up press for our event.

TV crews actually met us on the court to interview Darius and crew members about their journey.

We also got a tour of University of Toledo’s rec center, with a special accessible pool.

Accessibility is an issue very important to Darius and crew, and it was cool to see the University of Toledo putting effort into meeting everyone’s needs.

The screening itself was held at University Hall…

a building which many UT folks consider haunted.

We didn’t see any ghosts, but we saw a ton of volunteers and supporters Dave had enlisted! Holly Layman (Chi Delta Pi) had been helping set up the screening since September, and Alyssa, Katy, Kristin, and Reanin lent a hand, too.

Dave had been working on our Toledo visit for months, and recruited as big a support team as he could.

After the screening, we high-tailed it out of the haunted building for dinner with the Strukester and crew.

The next day, some of the crew met with Jim’s Disability Rights class.

Darius told the class that the University of Toledo was more accessible than a lot of places he’s been, but it’s nowhere close to perfect. Students told Darius about a parking controversy in which accessible parking was moved out of the center of campus.

Progress has to be made “little by little,” as Jim described.

It was cool to talk to and hang out with the students, many of whom are studying nursing and minoring in Toledo’s Disability Studies program.

All through our Toledo stop, we were met with people trying to understand and affect change to the many issues people with disabilities face. The key is to increase awareness—to get everyone thinking and talking about these issues.

Thanks, Dave (bottom left) our UT sponsors (President’s Lecture Series, Office of Accessibility, Center for Teaching & Learning, and Chi Delta Pi–who not only bought six DVDs, but continue to do fundraising for us), and Toledo!


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One Response to ““Shreking it” at Toledo”

  1. On December 3rd, 2008, Struke said:

    Yeah, I was ok on the basketball court. I hadn’t played in a long time. Not bad for a 38 year old.

    Seriously, I really enjoyed coordinating your visit. I couldn’t have met a better group of guys.

    That picture of Darius and the crew on their way to University Hall is absolutely beautiful.

    I give Barbara Smalley a ton of credit for helping to make this a success as well. She answered all of my questions/needs as fast as I could ask them.

    Take care and know that you are always welcome at the University of Toledo.

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