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Disability Awareness Month Events at RCC

DATE: March 28, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher

Disability Awareness Month Events at RCC in April
two events open to the public

RAMAPO - Rockland Community College will recognize April as Disability Awareness Month with an educational series of events. RCC Accessibility Services is using the theme “#disABILITIESmatter: Supporting & Empowering Students with Disabilities” for this year’s observance.

All of the events are free, and two are open to the general public.  Everyone is encouraged to attend; those who need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these programs, please contact Accessibility Services at 845-574-4541 or ​​ at least one week prior to the event.

Disability Awareness Events Open to the Public

Monday, April 3 (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
College Steps Information Session
Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Learn about College Steps and what it will offer at RCC starting in Fall 2017 for students living with social, communication or learning challenges. All interested students, parents, consultants and school professionals are welcome. For questions or to RSVP, contact Rachael Smith-Ramos, or 413-923-4330.

Tuesday, April 25 (4 – 8 pm)
Ready, Set, Transition! Resource & Transition Fair

The public is invited to this fair in the RCC Fieldhouse for families and students with an IEP or 504 Plan. Learn about support services. Linking families with the resources needed to transition:

• From school to work or post-secondary programs
• From children’s services to adult services
• From home to the community

This FREE Resource and Transition Fair is offered through Rockland BOCES and the Rockland Transition Consortium.

Disability Awareness Events for the RCC Community

Monday, April 3 (12 – 1 pm)
Shine a Light on Autism - GLOW sticks for the first 100 people!
Technology Center, Ellipse

Participants are encouraged to wear blue and take pictures to post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, or Flickr. Use hashtag #LIUB #RCCLIUB and be a part of the global autism awareness movement! The international “Light It Up Blue” campaign encourages people to wear blue to honor those affected by autism.

Monday, April 17 (12 - 2 pm)
Movie: The Fundamentals of Caring
Student Union, Room 3217

A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about caregiving that changes his perspective on life. The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Rob Burnett. The movie will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 19 (2 – 3 pm)
Book Discussion: Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to the New Deal, 1882-1939
Technology Center, Room 8322

RCC Associate Professor David Lucander discusses the book by Roger Daniels, about the first President of the United States with a significant physical disability. Many believe that his personal struggles with polio helped shape FDR, both as a man and a president.

Thursday, April 20 (12 – 2 pm)
Taste of Disability Luncheon
Faculty/Staff Dining Room

Catered by Wendy Gordon & RCC Hospitality students. Participating faculty and staff are assigned a disability to experience during the luncheon, with discussion to follow. Call 845-574-4541 for more information.