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College to sponsor events to raise awareness about disabilities
Daytona State College will host two events on Oct. 17 designed to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a disability and to help people living with disabilities improve the quality of their lives.

The 22nd annual Abilities Awareness Day celebration will bring together both non-disabled people and people with disabilities in a day that promises to offer fun, information, education and understanding.

The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main courtyard of the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Organized by the college’s Office of Student Disabilities Services, the event is free and open to the public.

Through demonstrations and simulations, the event will offer non-disabled participants the opportunity to gain better understanding of the barriers experienced by people living with disabilities. Abilities Awareness Day also will feature information about resources available at Daytona State College and in the surrounding community for people with disabilities.

Breakfast also scheduled
Prior to the Abilities Awareness Day activities, the college will host a breakfast for participants of Volusia County Disability Mentoring Day, an event sponsored and organized by United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Florida. The invitation-only breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Mori Hosseini Center.

Disability Mentoring Day underscores the connection between school and work, and allows disabled individuals to link with volunteer local business representatives to evaluate their personal goals, target career skills for improvement, explore possible career paths and develop lasting mentor relationships.

Each year Daytona State College participates in the event to enable students with disabilities to spend part of a day visiting local businesses, non-profit agencies and government agencies that match their employment and career interests.

For more information about these events, call Lisa Wise, 386-506-3530, wisel@DaytonaState.edu.

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Health and Human Services Summit takes place Friday
The Health and Human Services Summit is a tradeshow for professionals working in the health and human services field and will be held Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

The summit is open to the public. There is no cost to attend the event but attendees should be prepared for parking-related expenses in the garage.

This exhibit will share a wealth of information about programs and services, especially to connect with agencies directly. Those who should attend include case managers, counselors, social workers, therapists, law enforcement officers, school guidance counselors, human services professionals, faith-based representatives and parents.

The event is sponsored by One Voice for Volusia.

The confirmed list of event exhibitors to date can be found online at http://www.ovfv.org/summitexhibitors.htm.

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