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ADVISORY TO HEALTH, EDUCATION and FEATURE REPORTERS and PHOTOGRAPHERS
MINORITY STUDENTS GET COLLEGE, CAREER HELP
of Illinois at Chicago's College of Applied Health Sciences has
received a five-year grant totaling $1.375 million from the U.S.
Department of Education Rehabilitative Services to fund the College
Connection to Career Development Opportunities for Minority Young
Adults with Disabilities Project. A breakfast ceremony will launch
the College Connection Project.
whose goal is to empower minority young adults with disabilities
through education and training beyond the secondary level, began
last October and is a collaboration between UIC and the Chicago
Public School System, the City Colleges of Chicago and the Illinois
Department of Human Services - Office of Rehabilitation Services.
Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago Room A
from UIC, CPS, the City Colleges and the Illinois Department of
Human Services will attend the ceremony, as well as officials from
the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. Tamar Heller, interim
head of UIC's department of disability and human development; Christopher
B. Keys, chairman of the UIC department of psychology; Fabricio
Balcazar, associate professor in the UIC department of disability
and human development; and Teresa Garate-Serafini, project director,
will highlight progress to date as well as key goals of the project.
Other faculty will participate including Stanley Fish, dean, College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
has proved to be invaluable for a growing number of disabled minority
students in Chicago. Attending the breakfast will be program "alumni"
like Mia Coulter, a 22 year old born with spina bifida, a spinal
malformation that has confined her to a wheelchair most of her life.
the help of the Advocacy and Empowerment for Minorities with Disabilities
Program (a part of the College Connection Project) works at the
Access Living Center, lives in her own apartment in Chicago's South
Loop and is fully independent. She and others who have achieved
a higher quality of life through this program will be available