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UF professor teaches awareness about living with a disability


All people are people first and for the most part everyone wants to enjoy life, feel productive and be independent. But when records show that the number of Americans with a disability reaches 54.4 million, people have more things to consider. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports how disability awareness week played an important role in Gainesville.

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