For Immediate Release: March 25, 2015
BLOOMSBURG— Paul Stuart Wichansky, born with cerebral palsy and hearing loss, has transformed difficult obstacles into unique opportunities and encouraged and educated others since he was 10-years-old. On Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., he will do the same for Bloomsburg University students in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The presentation, “Overcoming Adversity as a Person with Disabilities,” will be free and open to the public.
Wichansky, referred to as “Dr. Paul” among family and friends, has hosted motivational events since he talked about his disease during elementary school assemblies. In his presentations, Wichansky shares uplifting stories designed to help instill hope, energy and inspiration in his audiences. He speaks with humor about his own journey of living with his disability, earning his doctoral degree and achieving his biggest dream – to be able to walk. He emphasizes that being different should be celebrated instead of being ridiculed and that, as one of his favorite quotes says, “One man can make a difference.”
Wichansky’s visit is sponsored by BU’s Disability Advisory Committee, Social Equity and the College of Education.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.