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03/18/2011
Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Conference to Help Students with Disabilities to Transition to College Successfully

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 18, 2011

What: Hudson Valley Community College will host "Recipe for Success," a half-day conference to help high school students with disabilities to make a successful transition to college. Approximately 350 students, parents and education administrators are expected to attend workshops on college admissions, assistive technology and accommodations for the disabled. A panel discussion will feature current and former college students with disabilities, and parent perspectives will be shared in breakout sessions. The event is full and cannot accept new registrants.
Why: Early awareness of college resources and knowledge of the differences between high school and higher education is critical to academic success for students with disabilities.
Who: Hudson Valley's Learning Disabilities Services, part of the college's Learning Centers, is organizing the "Recipe for Success" event in partnership with Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS-VR), Columbia-Greene Community College, New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, QUESTAR III and the University at Albany. Admissions representatives, disability experts, assistive technology leaders, and parents of disabled students will lead discussions. Dr. Carolyn Curtis, Hudson Valley Community College's vice president for academic affairs, will welcome all attendees.
Where: Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY.
When: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22
Details: Hudson Valley's Learning Disabilities Services provides student support services in conjunction with the college's Disability Resource Center, Learning Assistance Center, Computer Learning Center, Writing Center and Collegiate Academic Support Services among other offices and departments.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Institutions must make reasonable modifications in policies, practices and procedures that will enable a person with a disability to have the same opportunity as a non-disabled person to obtain goods, services or privileges. In addition to the federal laws, New York State has enacted Chapter 219 of the Education Laws of 2003. This law requires publishers to work with colleges and universities to provide instructional materials in alternate formats.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.