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For Immediate Release
Date: October 5, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Montgomery College To Mark Disabilities Awareness Month
College to showcase services and programs during October

Montgomery College’s Disabilities Support Services is celebrating National Disabilities Awareness Month with a series of workshops and seminars, showcasing services and programs offered by the college for students with disabilities.

The October commemoration also marks the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark federal legislation, protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities.

“We have organized activities to keep the focus on abilities rather than disabilities and to promote awareness of the need to create an equal playing field for those with disabilities in employment, housing and, of course, education,” said Brenda Williams, director of the College’s Office of Disabilities Support Services.

Each of the college’s three primary campuses -- Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park -- will host activities throughout the month of October. There will be demonstrations of the latest technology in providing access and workshops on the newest approaches to assisting students with disabilities to succeed in the classroom.

For more information about Montgomery College’s National Disability Awareness Month events or locations of activities, or if you have the need for disability-related accommodations to fully participate, please call Disability Support Services at (301) 279-5058 or (301) 294-9672 TTY/TDD.

The schedule of workshops and seminars are as follows:

October 9 to 13: In a college-wide effort to promote a college-wide roll out of the Maryland Relay Service Program, all college employees will be given an instructional brochures and a phone stickers discussing the service. Each campus will show a video explaining the MD Relay System.

October 11: Professors Betsy Becker and Sandi Komarow will present a workshop for the English and Reading Department faculty at Takoma Park on "Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Learning Disabilities." The workshop is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Pavilion of Fine Arts, Room 107.

October 13: The Montgomery College Board of Trustees will tour the Learning Center’s Adaptive Technology lab in Counseling and Advising Building, Room 116, and the Library’s Assistive Technology Area on the Rockville Campus.

October 18: The Learning Center, Counseling and Advising Building, Room 116, on the Rockville Campus, will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with assistive technology demonstrations, a resource table, and instructional videos. DSS counselors and staff will be available to address issues and questions.

October 18: Guest speaker Nancy Martell Stevenson, D.C. Public Schools, will present: "What are Learning Disabilities and How Do They Manifest Themselves in the Classroom." This presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the Germantown Campus. For more information on location, please call Harry Zarin at 240-567-7767.

October 23: Wayne Barbour, Director of Student Employment Services, at the Rockville Campus, will host a brown bag seminar on "Accessing Student Employment Services: Making the Best of the Services and Resources Available." This seminar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., in the Counseling and Advising Building, Room 218, on the Rockville Campus.

October 25: The Takoma Park Campus’ Impact Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to demonstrate assistive technology, show instructional videos, and provide resource information. DSS counselors will be available to address issues and questions. The Impact Center is located in the Resource Center, Room 105.

October 25: Professors Betsy Becker and Sandi Komarow will present a workshop for the English and Reading Department faculty at Germantown on "Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Learning Disabilities." The workshop is scheduled for 3 p.m. Location is TBA. For more information on location, please call Harry Zarin at 240-567-7767.

October 26: Montgomery College’s Office of Disabilities Support Services will participate in the 6th Annual Montgomery County Government Diversity Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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