International Day of Persons with Disabilities

People celebrate the day, disability awareness, and inclusion at an event at the Rochester Civic Theatre.

Posted: Dec 4, 2017 7:39 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 7:40 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - People came out to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities at a day-long event held at the Rochester Civic Theatre. 

"It's exciting...we're integrating people with disabilities with others, side by side, to celebrate this day," Dawn Kirchner, the event coordinator, said. 

Guests learned about disabilities and inclusion through artwork, film and a human library, where people are the books and guests can ask questions leading to candid and often eye opening conversations.

Marissa Larson is an event guest. She was born with hearing, but became deaf at a young age. 

She said in addition to learning about other people's disabilities, she wants to spread awareness about hers. 

"I feel that me being here, hopefully I'll be able to spread that awareness to let people know deaf people live in Rochester, and that's okay. And I'm going to do my best to try and educate other individuals to be more inclusive to us," she said. 

She encourages people not to walk away when they encounter a deaf person. 

"Find text communication, or even taking a piece of paper and pen and having that conversation or you can even gesture. We're not going to bite you, we want to have a conversation with you," she said. "Because if you walk away, that's really going to make us feel worse as a person, and we want to be able to be involved in your community."

Article Comments

Mason City
33° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 21°
Albert Lea
32° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 21°
36° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 25°
Charles City
34° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 22°
28° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 13°
Changing winds will lead to a weekend warm up
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


Sara's Midday Forecast - Friday


'Spark' breaking ground


Wrench Warmers teaching life skills


Young Republicans in north Iowa


How to handle a deer collision


Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Friday


Family pushes forward, keeps their sons memory alive


Chris' PM Weather Forecast 2/20


Class 2A/3A quarterfinalists


Vietnam Veteran turns author

Community Events