Captain Luis Carlos Mantalvan, a bestselling author, veteran and public advocate for people with disabilities, will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Schneider Disability Issues Forum Oct. 15 at UW-Eau Claire. He will present "War, Trauma, Recovery and Happiness?" at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
Mantalvan is The New York Times bestselling author of "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him." A public advocate for veterans and people with disabilities, this decorated 17-year veteran and his furry partner, Tuesday, will share their remarkable journey. "Until Tuesday" is a story about man and dog, war and peace, injury and recovery, and spiritural restoration.
The Schneider Disability Issues Forum is funded through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and co-sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. It was established by Dr. Katherine Schneider, author of "To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities" and the children's book "Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold." Schneider, who has been blind since birth, worked in Counseling Services at UW-Eau Claire before retiring in 2004. She established the forum to help people understand accessibility issues for people who have disabilities.
For more information about how to support the lecture series or disability services at UW-Eau Claire, contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 715-836-5630.