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Conference on Transition to College for Students With Disabilities

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Approximately 250 Capital Region high school students with disabilities, as well as administrators who work with students with disabilities, will gather at Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday, February 27. The students will be at Hudson Valley for a "Conference on Transition to College for Students With Disabilities," which will provide information on college life, supported employment and rehabilitation sponsorship services.

The day's activities are slated to run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Highlights will include:

  • From 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Salome Heyward, one of the nation's leading disability law attorneys, will address about 80 high school guidance counselors, transition coordinators and college admissions officers. Heyward is a respected civil rights activist who has worked with media outlets such as NBC, CNN, ESPN and the New York Times. Students will not be present at Heyward's breakfast speech, but she will be available for interviews until 3 p.m.
  • From 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. all the students in attendance will participate in workshops geared at covering what students with disabilities can do to ensure their success in college. Students with disabilities will be available for interviews.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.