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Film Screening, Discussion to Focus on Active Lifestyles for People With Disabilities

October 28, 2009

Contact: Vickie Devenport, SIRIS Director and WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, Ill. - The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS), a service of WSIU Public Radio, is partnering with SIUC Disability Support Services, SIUC Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR), and the Bureau of Blind Services- Illinois Department of Rehabilitation to host a screening and forum of the film, The Right to Risk.The event will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm in the Alumni Lounge at the SIUC Recreation Center.

Filmed in May 2005, The Right to Risk follows eight individuals with significant physical disabilities as they participate in a 15-day whitewater-rafting trip down 225 miles of the Colorado River. The film captures the group's trials and triumphs as they traverse the most inaccessible and awe-inspiring sections of Arizona's Grand Canyon. As the individuals managed the hot sun, cold water, and windstorms, they proved that people with disabilities can be active participants in our society and independent in their own lives.

Following the screening, a discussion will be led by SIUC students from AIR who will share their personal experiences and insights gained from a similar whitewater raft trip on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

Parking for the event is available in the Brush Towers lot across from the Recreation Center on Grand Avenue or in the lot behind the center. Accessible entrance to the center is available through the Grand Avenue entry, or by the elevator in the rear entrance.

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WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. It operates three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a website, local TV and FM production units, and an education and community outreach department - reaching more than three million people across five states and beyond. WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Visit for more information.

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