Going to dinner, to work or even to class.

In the absence of accessible accommodations, such seemingly simple tasks pose difficulty for a person with a disability.

Monday night kicked off UT's second annual Disability Awareness Week.

Spearheaded by president and founder of the Campus Disability Advocates, Lindsay Lee, a senior in mathematics and Spanish, the idea for Disability Week emerged two years ago.

"We wanted to do something big to really kick-start our organization," Lee said. "I was inspired by other 'weeks' that other minority groups had."

The week of events began with a showcase of Knoxville's different disability organizations.

Several organizations, including Community Action Committee Transit, Disability Law and Advocacy Center and the Disability Resource Center, came to the International House to discuss disability services throughout campus and the city of Knoxville.

Katherine Moore, a member of the Disability Resource Center, spoke about her program, Access Knoxville.

A partner of UT's School of Nursing, the program distributes surveys to local restaurants in Knoxville. The surveys, which nursing students are expertly trained to use, evaluate the accessibility of a business to customers with various disabilities.

Access Knoxville also operates the Rails and Ramps program. Through donations and fundraisers, Rails and Ramps raises money to build wheelchair ramps for homes.

"We had a client who ... had not been out of her house for five years," Moore said, "and we helped her build a ramp from her front door to her driveway."

Warren Secrest, part of the Community Action Committee Transit, also stressed the importance of transportation for those with disabilities.

"Mobility is critical to anything that we ever do in our lives," Secrest said. "We take transportation for granted."

Secrest explained that CAC Transit allows volunteer drivers to assist those that they are picking up, such as helping a woman who recently suffered a stroke put on her shoes.

Jennifer Shilling Collins, a representative of the Disability Law and Advocacy Center, deals with the legal aspects of disability.

"We are part of the nationwide Protection and Advocacy program," Collins said. "Our description of our agency is that we are to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities."

After the open forum, speakers addressed the necessity of accommodating disabled persons.

"People with disabilities are in every part of society," Secrest said.

In Moore's opinion, disability is merely one of many social descriptors.

"To say someone with a disability should have a limited access to society is the same as saying someone with a different race, or religion or culture shouldn't be able to have the same access to society," Moore said. "It's all the same. We're just people."