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Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Activities for Disability Awareness Month

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Oct. 13, 2006

In recognition of October being Disability Awareness Month, Hudson Valley Community College will host a number of events and activities for the community during the week of Oct. 23.

The college’s Disability Resource Center, located in Siek Campus Center Room 130, will hold an open house Monday, Oct. 23 through Thursday, Oct. 26 from 9 to 11 a.m., 2 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. each day. The Disability Resource Center assists students with disabilities reach their educational objectives by coordinating student needs with services and resources available to them within the college system.

The Disability Resource Center’s computer lab, which features state of the art technology to assist students with disabilities, will offer demonstrations of its equipment Monday, Oct. 23 through Thursday, Oct. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. each day. Students with disabilities and DeAnne Martocci, associate director of the Disability Resource Center, will lead the demonstrations.

The college also will offer a film festival to increase awareness about disability issues. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, “When Parents Can’t Fix It – Living with a Child’s Disability” will be shown at 10 a.m. in the Siek Campus Center Exhibition Room and at 5 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunication Center Auditorium. This documentary looks at the lives of five families who raise children with disabilities. At 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, “Benny & Joon” will be shown in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. This film stars Mary Stuart Masterson as a mentally ill woman who falls in love with a man, played by Johnny Depp, who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.