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UTSA student group hosts March 12 screening of disability advocacy film

Music Within

Poster for "Music Within"

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(March 10, 2010)--The UTSA Social Workers Advocating for Change Together (SWACT) graduate student organization will host a showing of the film "Music Within" at 6 p.m., Friday, March 12 at the Guadalupe Street Coffee House, 1320 Guadalupe St. The coffee house is a nonprofit organization whose proceeds benefit the Baptist Children and Family Social Services. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be available for purchase.

The film is based on a true story. Ron Livingston plays Richard Pimentel, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing-impaired. Suddenly faced with his own disability and recognizing the struggles of others with disabilities, he sparks a civil rights movement on behalf of Americans with disabilities.

Following the film, UTSA social work graduate student Albert Garcia will facilitate a discussion of the social-justice issues highlighted in the film. Garcia's work at the Texas capitol helped pass House Bill 806, a bill for insurance parity that would require insurance companies to cover at minimum what is covered by Medicare. The legislation was in response to private insurance companies providing inadequate prosthetic coverage for policyholders.

For more information, contact Amanda Rodriguez at 210-379-3103.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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