News & Events Director Vinita Subramani and the Disability Access Center team.

Published on April 8th, 2016 | by editor

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Inaugural Event Brings Disability Awareness Front and Center

Disability Access Center Director Vinita Subramani and team greet a visitor.

The Disability Access Center greets a visitor.

The Disability Awareness Day and Resource Fair on March 30, 2016, was a chance for everyone at the college to learn about the disabilities that affect some members of our community. The Wright College Disability Access Center hosted the event.

“We had more than one hundred students and staff attend this inaugural fair on a busy Wednesday at Wright to learn about disabilities that most people don’t really consider on a day-to-day basis,” said Disability Access Center Director Vinita Subramani, “and that is really encouraging.”

Sixteen different organizations supporting individuals with disabilities had representatives at the fair including Wright College alum Colleen Shinn from Autism Speaks. She was delighted to return to share her organization’s important work with the college and remind everyone to Light It Up Blue on April 2nd for Autism Awareness Month.

One of the guest speakers was another Wright College graduate – former Student Ambassador Tim Granzow who is also an advocate for people with disabilities. Over the course of the day, there were various presentations on topics including autism awareness, employment for people with disabilities, person-centered planning, and effective strategies for teaching college students with disabilities.

Our thanks go out to everyone who made this inaugural event such a success, including the following participating organizations:

Resource Fair Participants 

  • Access Living
  • Autism Speaks
  • Brain Injury Association of Illinois
  • Center for Autism and Other Related Disorders – Oak Park
  • Chicago Park District
  • Citizen’s Utility Board
  • Delvin Barber Dance Studios
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Illinois
  • Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Learning Disability Association of Illinois
  • Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • P.A.S.S. Program of the Social Security Administration
  • Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
  • The Vet Center of Oak Park
  • Thresholds Supported Employment Program
  • Wright College Career Center and Placement Services
  • Wright College Veteran’s Center
  • Wright College Wellness Center

 

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