Expo to benefit disabled youths

January 25, 2004

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities and the Harford County Public Schools' Office of Special Education will sponsor Expo 2004: Successful Futures, a conference for teens and young adults with disabilities who face the challenges and opportunities of the transition to adulthood. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at the Harford Technical High School on Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

Dr. Eric B. Levey and Judith M. Levy from the Kennedy Krieger Institute will present the keynote address. The presentation will describe Kennedy-Krieger's holistic approach to transition services for teens with disabilities.

Conference workshops includes: "Everything You Wanted to Know about Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities," presented by Vicki DeRuggiero and Annette White, of the U.S. Social Security Administration; and "Special Needs Trusts and Asset and Benefit Protection for Individuals with Disabilities," presented by attorney James A. List and financial planner Michael A. Barb.

The workshop "Reel to Real," presented by Nesee Smith of On Our Own of Maryland Inc., is an interactive workshop, applying the principles of filmmaking to decision-making and life planning.

Office of Special Education staff will discuss transition services available to students.

Also, more than 40 vendors, agencies, organizations and support groups that provide services to persons with disabilities will showcase their products and services and answer questions.

Registration for the conference begins Feb. 9. Information: Sharon Grzanka, 410-638-3373 voice/TTY or e-mail disability@co.ha.md.us.

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