Local sepsis survivor Carol Decker speaks at annual Disability Awareness Day

Wednesday, October 10

For Immediate Release: Oct. 9, 2012


Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106

Kym Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.377.6288   

Local sepsis survivor Carol Decker speaks at annual Disability Awareness Day   

TACOMA, Wash. - Sepsis is on the rise in Washington state. Since 2000, the number of Washington patients diagnosed with sepsis has increased threefold, according to a state report released in June.  

To help people understand the issues surrounding disabilities and spread awareness about this deadly reaction to infection, sepsis survivor and Enumclaw resident Carol Decker will be the featured speaker at Bates Technical College's annual Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Auditorium, 1101 S. Yakima Avenue, Tacoma.  

Now blind and a bilateral amputee, Decker was 31 weeks pregnant when she was stricken with a blood infection that often turns deadly. She will share her story of survival against all odds and her journey toward independence following 97 days in the hospital, more than 20 surgeries, and several prosthetics.  

Decker will demonstrate how she uses adaptive technology to perform everyday tasks, like using a color identifier to determine the color of shirts, or a voice-recorded labeler to help identify the contents of food containers.  

"Our annual Disability Awareness Day coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is celebrated in October, and helps to increase awareness of the celebrations and the challenges individuals with disabilities experience," said the college's Associated Student Government/Diversity Coordinator Kathy Flores.  

Audience members can purchase two slices of pizza for $1 during the event while supplies last.   Visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Diversity 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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