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Aimee Copeland joins UWG DisABILITIES panel
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Aimee Copeland joins UWG DisABILITIES panel

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Aimee Copeland is part of a University of West Georgia panel that discussed what it's like to live "differently abled."

The graduate student lost both hands, a leg and a foot to a flesh-eating bacteria in May. She recently teamed up with fellow students and UWG alumni to share insights on congenital and acquired disabilities.

The panel held its discussion on Oct. 22 as part of the university's DisABILITIES Awareness Day, which was organized by student and The Achievers president Hannah Perkins.

A recording of the panel's stories will be broadcast at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. To listen, visit westga.edu/thewolf and click "Listen Live."

Other panelists include Perkins, student Danielle Vincent and alum Justin Wilson. Honors College dean Dr. Michael Hester moderated the discussion.

Some questions answered by the panelists include:

  • What would you most like others to know or understand about you and your living life "differently?"
  • What would you consider to be your greatest achievement?
  • Dating is often part of the college experience. Can you share about your dating relationships and how your dating experiences may have been influenced by your disability?
  • If you could talk to a high school student with your disability, what would you recommend that they do to prepare for college/work/life?
  • What is the most unique, strange or humorous question anyone has asked about your disability?
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