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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-NEWS
E-mail: news@kean.edu

Special-Education Transition Conference at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Teachers and parents of individuals with disabilities and supported-employment personnel should attend an informative special-education conference on Friday, October 24, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Kean’s University Center, located on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. “This event will educate people about how to help students with special needs who are leaving secondary education and transitioning into becoming independent and fully contributing members of society,” said Dr. Barbara Lee, Kean’s undergraduate coordinator for the Educator of Individuals with Disabilities Program.

Lee will co-moderate one of many seminars offered at the conference titled Innovative Options from High School – Project Excel, along with Kean colleagues Dr. Marie Segal, director of the Child Study Institute and Project Excel, and Dr. Donna Strigari, assistant professor of special education and counseling. They will review research on transition planning for college-ready students and outline Project Excel, a Kean education program for students with learning disabilities. Other sessions will cover topics such as accessing local, state and private adult services, effective community-based assessment, as well as an overview of employment programs that support persons with special needs, such as the New Jersey Ticket to Work Program. David DeNotaris, a motivational speaker, author, radio host, world-champion athlete and advocate born with a rare eye disorder that left him blind, will deliver the keynote address, Transforming Obstacles into Opportunity.

The seminar is being co-presented by Our House, Inc., of Berkeley Heights, N.J., and the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in affiliation with the New Jersey Department of Education. Registration is $100 and covers attendance at two seminars, continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Barbara Lee at (908) 737-3860.