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PR # 59 October 14, 2008


The public is invited to attend Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) first ?Abilities Expo? Tuesday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free Expo will be held in the College Center (lower level hallway, across from the Bookstore) at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The event will feature a number of community organizations that provide services to those with disabilities, including Somerset County Office of Disability Services; COSAC (Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community); Adaptive Technologies Center for New Jersey Colleges at TCNJ; NAMI (National Association of Mental illness); New Jersey Council for Developmental Disabilities; and the Spina Bifida Association of the Tri-State Region.

The program will include a 12 p.m. lecture by Mark E. Smith, author of Making the Most of It: The 11 Keys to Mastering Disability and Life . The free lecture, which is open to the public, will be held in the Atrium (lower level, College Center). Born with severe cerebral palsy, Smith is a true disability icon and is among the most widely recognized writer in the disability genre. The message of Making the Most of It is that people didn?t choose their disability, but they can choose how they live with it. Smith spells out the 11 keys that move people from merely surviving with a disability to truly thriving . For information about the author, visit http://WheelchairJunkie.com .

For additional information about the Abilities Expo, contact Mary Sullivan, Executive Director of Student Life and Civic Engagement, 908-526-1200, ext. 8318.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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