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Project Access of Howard Community College Holds April 20 Conference on Students with Disabilities

March 30, 2012

(Columbia, MD) – Project Access of Howard Community College (HCC) will hold its tenth annual conference for parents and professionals, “Transitioning Students with Disabilities…Success on the Postsecondary Level and Beyond,” on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of HCC.

Richard G. Luecking, EdD, president of TransCen, Inc. since 1987 and the author of numerous publications on topics related to the employment of persons with disabilities, school-to-work transition, and career development, will be the morning keynote speaker. He will speak about “The Way to Work:  Preparing Students with Disabilities for Post-Secondary Educational Experiences that Lead to Careers” and discuss state and national research that tells us how close we are to providing secondary and postsecondary education that culminates in productive and meaningful employment and careers for all students with disabilities. 

Catherine A. Raggio, MEd, secretary of the Department of Disabilities, will be the luncheon keynote speaker and will speak on “Getting From Here to Where You Want to Be. During the course of her career, Secretary Raggio has received numerous awards and played an active role on a large number of disability-related committees, including the Governor’s Executive Council, the Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities, and the Maryland Commission on Autism.

There will also be presentations on topics involving the medication of college students with ADHD; college planning for students with learning differences; universal design for learning and instruction; transitioning youth with mental health disabilities; understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act; focus of control and brain research-compatible instruction; online tutoring; transitioning students with Asperger’s disorder to adulthood; and the provision of disability support services at three different colleges.

Registration received before April 13 will be $135.00. After April 13 and on-site, the cost of the conference will be $145.00. Payment will include lunch. CEU’s will be offered for attendance.  Accommodations such as a sign language interpreter, enlarged print/Braille materials and others will be available upon request.

For more information or to register for the event, visit or For additional questions, contact Dr. Linda Schnapp, assistant director of Project Access, at 443-518-4625 or

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Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to nearly 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.