Local athlete Steve Ferreira speaks at annual Disability Awareness Day

Thursday, October 17

For Immediate Release: Oct. 17, 2013


Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106
Kym Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.459.   

Local athlete Steve Ferreira speaks at annual Disability Awareness Day   

TACOMA, Wash. -Bates Technical College will host local athlete and disability awareness advocate Steve Ferreira at the annual Disability Awareness Day on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will be held at the college's South Campus Auditorium, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma.  

Ferreira was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was three months old, and has been wheelchair-bound since then. The 24-year-old began playing sports at five years old, and has played competitively since 2007. Currently training to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ferreira also founded Beyond Disabilities, a motivational speaking company that aims to increase awareness about people with disabilities, and educating the public about disability-related issues.   

Audience members can purchase a light lunch for $1 during the event while the food lasts.  

Visit www.bates.ctc.edu or call the Diversity Center at 253.680.7113 to learn more about this free community event.  

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.  

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