St. Bonaventure University will host a pair of speakers in late October in recognition of Disability Awareness Month.
To create awareness and improve the lives of people with disabilities, on campus and in the community, Dr. Barbara Trolley, associate professor of counselor education and chair of the Disability Committee at St. Bonaventure, said speakers were invited to talk about this year’s theme of “Education of Youth with Disabilities: Collaboration for Success.”
The first speaker will be Dr. Fred Orelove, executive director of Partnerships for People with Disabilities and author of numerous publications on school, community and parent collaborations. Orelove will give a presentation on Oct. 23 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the William F. Walsh Auditorium on “The Good Journey: Suggestions for the Directionally Challenged.”
The second speaker will be Ron Hager, senior staff attorney for the National Disabilities Rights Network. On Oct. 30, he will present “The Prevention Focus on IDEA” in Murphy Auditorium, located in The John J. Murphy Professional Building from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
“His (Dr. Orelove’s) work, along with Ron Hager’s, is extremely pertinent to our work in the community, and in regard to our School of Education’s Collaborative Counseling Clinic, especially the autism program,” said Trolley.
Registration for either or both of these presentations may be sent directly to: Dr. Barbara Trolley, St. Bonaventure University, School of Education, St. Bonaventure, N.Y., 14788. Participants should include his or her name, address, phone number, e-mail address, number attending and if applicable, organization affiliation.
In 1988, Congress instituted the National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Ever since, October has been the kickoff month for year-round awareness programs that accentuate the abilities and skills of Americans with disabilities.
For more information on Disability Awareness Month, contact Trolley at firstname.lastname@example.org.