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“Disable the Label”: RCC Celebrates Disability Awareness Week


DATE: April 18, 2014

CONTACT: Maralin Roffino



“Disable the Label”: RCC Celebrates Disability Awareness Week

Program features seminar on special needs students’ transition to college


Ramapo – A seminar focusing on preparing students with disabilities for the transition to college keynotes the slate of events on tap for the second annual Disability Awareness Week at Rockland Community College. The week-long program, titled “Disable the Label,” runs from April 21 to April 24.


The series kicks off April 21 with the Transition to College seminar, which is free and open to the public. Sheryl Frishman, a White Plains, NY-based attorney and special education advocate for children, will discuss transition options after high school for students with disabilities. The three other events are geared for RCC students, faculty and staff: an April 22 luncheon bringing together RCC faculty and administrators with students with disabilities; a “Popcorn Social” on April 23 to introduce plans for a new Student Disability Awareness Club at the College; and an April 24 screening of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind.


“The whole idea is to bring awareness to the entire college community and, in the seminar, to enlighten the public about the transition to college for students with special needs,” said Monica Jackson, RCC’s Director of Accessibility Services. “Our campus is very diverse, and we have many students with documented disabilities. We receive a lot of inquiries every day about students with disabilities, and we want to address those issues that are very important to prospective students and their parents.”


Here is a look at the upcoming events:

April 21, 5 pm – 7 pm

Transition to College Seminar: Preparing Special Needs Students for College

Guest Speaker: Sheryl Frishman, Attorney for Littman Krooks LLP

Technology Center, Ellipse

What happens to the student who can attend college but requires support? Attorney Sheryl Frishman, an expert on special education advocacy for children, sheds light on this and related issues. Topics to be discussed include:

  • What the school district is required to do to help with the transition to college
  • Types of diplomas that will allow a student with special needs to attend college
  • Differences in services that a student receives in public school vs. college
  • Are students with special needs required to disclose their disability to a college? Should they disclose?
  • Skills necessary to be successful in college
  • Different types of college or post-secondary programs available for students with special needs


April 22, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Faculty/Administration Taste of Disability Luncheon

Technology Center, Admissions Conference Room

RCC faculty and administrators are assigned a disability and will experience that disability through interaction with students with special needs. A discussion will follow.


April 23, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Popcorn Social: Student Disability Awareness Club

The Bridge, between Academic I & II

Accessibility Services hosts a Popcorn and Dippin’ Dots Social to introduce plans for establishing a Student Disability Awareness Club for both disabled and non-disabled students. RCC students are encouraged to stop by, pick up free literature and sign up.


April 24, 5 pm – 7 pm

Movie Night: A Beautiful Mind

Student Union, Room 3217

This 2001 biographical drama, starring Russell Crowe, is based on the life of John Nash, a brilliant Nobel laureate in Economics. He developed paranoid schizophrenia as a young prodigy and experienced intermittent elaborate delusional episodes while painfully aware of the burden and distress this brought to his wife and friends. RCC students are welcome to attend the screening. Pizza, salad and soda will be provided, with giveaways for students who remain for the duration.

For more information, please contact Maralin Roffino at 845-574-4244 or



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