October 8, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Evergreen Valley College Marketing and Community Relations
WHAT DO CAMERON DIAZ, TIGER WOODS AND DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH HAVE IN COMMON?
Cameron Diaz suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a tiger shark, still surfs. Harriet Tubman suffered from vision impairment and seizures after a slave owner struck her violently. With practice and hard work, Tiger Woods was able to move past his childhood stuttering issues. At Evergreen Valley College, insights like these highlight Disability Awareness Month in October.
Robin Salak, who heads EVC’s Disabilities Support Program (DSP) and has overseen a 60% growth in the program since last year, says, “It’s a wonderful time for students and staff to learn more about people who have disabilities, which includes struggles, obstacles, strengths and successes.”
With that in mind, the DSP has planned a robust agenda, including a comedy show, a movie and pizza, a talk about canine companions and adaptive software demonstrations. Activities on the campus at 3095 Yerba Buena Road in San Jose include:
October 14, 2008
1:15 - 3:15 pm
Project Hired: Provides Job Skills and Job Placement for People with Disabilities
October 16, 2008
TransAccess Presents: “How to Prepare for an Interview/What to Do During the Interview”
October 21, 2008
2 to 2 pm
SC-119 in the HTC
Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
October 22, 2008
12 to 2 p.m.
“As Good As It Gets” movie
Pizza, popcorn & soda included!
October 23, 2008
10:30 to 11:30 am
In front of Gullo II
City of San Jose Therapeutic Sports Presents a Wheelchair Obstacle Course Demo
October 24, 2008
Future Leaders Conference
150 students, mainly H.S. seniors from ESUHSD, with learning disabilities will hear keynote speaker and EVC student Lee Williamson, learn about college options and what the Disabilities Support Program at EVC has to offer. The Employment Development Department will lead the sessions on employment and TransAccess will lead sessions on self advocacy.
October 28, 2008
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Talent Show: come and see DSP students & staff perform!
October 30, 2008
12:30 to 1:30 pm
P.H.A.T. Joe Comedian
Get ready to laugh non-stop!
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ABOUT Evergreen Valley College
With student learning as its primary focus, Evergreen Valley College’s mission is to embrace its students, to validate, nurture and celebrate them so that they may succeed in a global, multicultural society. The College, which sits on a picturesque 175-acre site in the eastern foothills of San Jose, provides access to comprehensive and flexible post-secondary education to prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for balanced and productive lives and to improve the workforce and quality of life in our community.