News From the Regional Centers
The eight Regional Centers
that are funded by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education served
over 1,000 students with disabilities last year. This column highlights
their activities and accomplishments.
The Adaptive Technology Center for New Jersey Colleges at The College of New Jersey: The Adaptive Technology Center is working to increase collaboration and support among disability service providers at institutions of higher education throughout New Jersey with the following activities: updating the NJ Higher Education Disability Support Directory, posting the directory online, and developing and hosting the New Jersey Disability Support Services Listserv.
Camden County College: The Mid-Atlantic Postsecondary Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing was featured on the front page of the national journal Disability Compliance in Higher Education in an article titled “How to Develop a Successful Note-taking Center.” The article, which featured the note-taking program developed at Camden County College, is available free on the PEPNet web site: www.pepnet.org. PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is a national collaboration of four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Bergen County College: To kick off Disability Awareness Week in late February, Bergen County College mounted a production of Mark Medoff’s play, Children of a Lesser God. The lead role of Sarah was played by Meral Aydin, a student of the Center for Collegiate Deaf Education; several other cast members are also CCDE students. Two of the performances were sign-language interpreted for the deaf.
Cumberland County College: Cumberland County College also featured a production of Children of a Lesser God this winter, and several Project Assist students served as sign language interpreters for the play.
New Jersey City University: In November, Project Mentor sponsored its 11th Annual Mini-Conference on Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Learning Disabilities. This turned out to be NJCU’s most successful conference to date – over 250 people attended, including many area high school students. Most exciting, the keynote speaker was LeDerick Horne, a recent graduate of NJCU and Project Mentor, an alumna of Project Connections at Middlesex County College, and the author of the cover story in this issue of TECH-NJ.
Middlesex County College: Project Connections Annual Transition Workshop for High School Providers was a huge success in October, with over 120 guidance counselors, transition coordinators, child study team personnel, and high school teachers in attendance. On March 8, the project sponsored its Annual Disability Awareness Day which featured a presentation by LeDerick Horne, an alum of Project Connections (and NJCU and the author of the cover story in this issue of TECH-NJ).
Fairleigh Dickinson University: The Regional Center at FDU successfully launched its Newark Mentoring Project with the Science and Technology High School in Newark. In collaboration with the high school’s transition coordinator, FDU is working to develop learning disabled high school students’ interest in science and technology by bringing them on campus on Saturdays for study skills workshops and hands-on, inquiry-based activities with science and engineering faculty.
Ocean County College: Project Academic Skills Support has sponsored several successful workshops for faculty, staff, and transition personnel: A Fall Breakfast for High School Educators; a Faculty Development Workshop that featured the national expert, Loring Brinckerhoff; and a presentation by Laurie DiGalbo, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, State of Connecticut, on issues in serving college students with psychiatric disabilities.
Ocean County College was selected by the State of New Jersey, Department of Education, Office of Specialized Populations for an on-site review regarding compliance with applicable federal laws. The evaluation team visited the campus to not only inspect all buildings and facilities for accessibility, but also to interview administrators, faculty, and students regarding accessibility of all programs. The visiting team found that the college was not only in full compliance with all federal laws, but that the Disability Resource Center/ P.A.S.S. Program was an exemplary program that should be replicated at other colleges.