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Project Access of Howard Community College Holds April 19 Conference on Students with Disabilities

March 19, 2014

(Columbia, MD) – Project Access of Howard Community College (HCC) will hold its 12th annual conference for parents and professionals, “Transitioning Students with Disabilities…Success on the Postsecondary Level and Beyond,” on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on the campus of HCC. Registration for the event is $140 if received before March 31 and $150 if received after March 31 or at the door. Lunch will be included in the conference fee. Accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, enlarged print/Braille materials or others are available upon request. To register, visit or register in-person prior to the event from 8 to 9 a.m. For additional questions, contact Dr. Linda Schnapp, assistant director of Project Access, at 443-518-4625 or

Mary Moriarty, founding director of Moriarty Research and Evaluation Associates (MREA Inc.) with over 20 years of research, evaluation, and project management experience, will give an early keynote presentation on “Advancing STEM Participation for Students with Disabilities.” She will address the current postsecondary landscape for individuals with disabilities in STEM and examine the existing postsecondary participation data. Suzanne R. Page, assistant state superintendent of the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), will be the luncheon keynote speaker. She will speak about “Supporting Transitioning Students with Disabilities into College.”

Over a dozen workshops are scheduled with experts from throughout Maryland on such topics as the current treatments and strategies for high school and college students with ADHD, successful outcomes in college planning for students with learning differences, using professional judgment to determine accommodations, the legal basis for transition planning under IDEA, being a good mathematics student on the college level, using the study skills tools in Kurzweil 3000, and college programs for students on the autism disorder spectrum.

About HCC
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 over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. 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.