Disabilities group plans program for school children WEST COLUMBIA


November 10, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

An article in Wednesday's Howard edition incorrectly described the mission of the Disabilities Awareness Project. The group is a county public schools program that brings speakers ** and athletes with disabilities into classrooms. The story also incorrectly stated the title of the organization's coordinator, Anne Ward.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The Disabilities Awareness Program (D.A.P.), an organization that monitors and supports the county school system's inclusion program for disabled children, has scheduled an awareness program for elementary school children today at Running Brook Elementary, said the organization's director, Anne Wade.

Running Brook Vice Principal Corita Oduyoye has nothing but praise for the organization's effort.

"The program presents various speakers, most with disabilities, and is designed to show children that people with various disabilities, and especially other children, are not so much different than themselves."


Speakers will include:

* Linda Kennedy, who is deaf and is a graduate of Gallaudet College. She and has three children in the Howard County school system.

* Emily Rader, an eighth-grade student at Patapsco Middle School who has epilepsy and learning disabilities.

* Marla Sewell, who is blind and holds a master's degree in special education.

* Lenny Green, who is HIV positive and has a degree in management science and works in banking.

* Jerry Penrod, who has cerebral palsy and works as a photographer.

There also will be a spokesman from the organization National Therapy Dogs, which provides companion pets for the ill and the elderly.

The program will close with a puppet show presented by Kids On The Block. The show depicts people with disabilities and how they are sometimes treated by others.


There was joy this week among the parishioners of St. John Catholic Church in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

It came with the announcement that Christopher Youstra has been selected as the new coordinator of music and liturgy at the church.

St. John had been searching for someone to fill the huge void left behind when long-time music coordinator Margaret Brack left in July to accept a position at St. Mary of the Mill Church in Laurel. Church leaders believe Mr. Youstra will bring renewed hope and enthusiasm to the music programs at St. John.

Mr. Youstra graduated with a certificate of ministry from the University of Dayton, in Ohio, and has a master's degree in music from Eastern Illinois University. He was active in the

Diocese of Springfield, Ill., and is the former director of music and liturgy at the Neuman Center in Springfield.

He is a faculty member at Montgomery College, in Rockville, where he teaches music appreciation and serves as director of the college's choral group.


The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and it is during this joyous time of year that our thoughts often turn to those less fortunate.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, and as a symbol of good will, the Dorsey's Search Community Association have a "Giving Tree" in the lobby of Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center. Items placed under the "Giving Tree" will be disbursed for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

Especially needed are canned and other non-perishable food; clothing, including hats, mittens or gloves and socks; gift certificates from area supermarkets and clothing stores; and new toys and games for children.


The Dorsey's Search annual Coats For Kids program is collecting coats.

Donations of usable coats that your children have outgrown would be appreciated. Cleaners Plus will clean the coats before they are distributed to those in need.

All items may be dropped off 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, or 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Linden Hall.


If you are thinking about buying a bicycle during the holidays for your children, or perhaps for yourself, you might want to come to the second annual Bike Show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center.

Whether you are buying a bike for a 4-year-old child or a 40-year-old adult, selecting the right bike is very important, and sometimes confusing.

The event is sponsored by The Bikemobile, the bike shop that makes house calls. Bike wizard Brian Chaney will be on hand to answer all your questions, alleviate any confusion and show everyone what is new and exciting in bicycles and accessories.

I= The bike show is free, and everyone is invited to attend.


Columbia is home to a number of recognized poets, writers and authors. Among the best known, at least to children, is Mary Downing Hahn.

Ms. Hahn has written numerous children's books, including "Daphne's Book," "The Dead Man in Indian Creek," "December Stillness" and "The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story."

Ms. Hahn will speak at the Howard County Central Library at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in a program designed for children ages 8 and older.

Registration is required and begins today.

For additional information and to register, please call 313-7880.


Last week I wrote about "Talking 101," a small, but enlightening, booklet on effective communication techniques written by Rose Marie Holsing.

I mentioned that it is not yet available in local bookstores, but I neglected to tell you how to obtain it by mail.

For a copy, send $7 to: Talking 101, Holsing Communications, 3345 Benden Drive, Murrayville, Pa., 15668.

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