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Oct. 9, 2007

Speaker with quadriplegia discusses independence, disability etiquette Oct. 11

"Woman on Wheels" Katie Banister will discuss her journey as a quadriplegic and the challenges people with disabilities face at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Lecture Room 2 in Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Banister, who suffered a spinal cord injury at age 25, will share her personal story and a performance piece on dating, intimacy, and disabilities. She will also discuss disability etiquette, assistive technology, and resources that have fueled her independence.

Banister returned to living independently in 1992, two years after her injury. She and her husband, Steve, co-founded Access-4-All, Inc., which educates and empowers others through motivational speaking and disability education. She has written two books, "Aunt Katie's Visit," an educational book for children, and "The Personal Care Attendant Guide," which explains how to find competent caregivers and helps personal-care attendants succeed in a demanding work environment.

The event is sponsored by the Leisure Studies Program in the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs, which is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathy Walter, UI Leisure Studies Program, 319-335-3630,; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070,