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Disabilities Conference and Resource Fair in PBC Feb. 22

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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at John I. Leonard High School there will be presented by the School District of Palm Beach County’s Council for Transitioning Youth and the United Way of Palm Beach County’s special event of the S.T.A.R.S. (Start Transition And Realize Success) Conference which is a free conference and is opened to all Palm Beach County youth with disabilities, age 14 – 22, their families, educators and agency staff.

The mission of the S.T.A.R.S. Conference is to help students with disabilities and their parents utilize school and agency services to transition from high school into adulthood, and to reach their post-secondary goals. The day-long conference will feature targeted workshops to guide students and their families through a successful transition as well as fun activities to provide a break for the students. Workshops include School District and local agency services, preparing for college and other post-secondary education opportunities, employability skills, cyber-bullying and health safety issues facing today’s teens. A continental breakfast is provided at no cost to participants.

More than 350 students with disabilities, parents, professionals and supporting agencies attend this event each year. There are approximately 34,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the Palm Beach County public school system that can benefit from the S.T.A.R.S Conference. As all students, they need guidance to help them achieve in school, post-secondary planning, acquiring employment and living a productive, independent life. For more information please contact Dr. Fartun Mohamud, Inclusion Specialist, at 561-434-8627 orFartun.mohamud@palmbeachschools.org.

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office Dec. 2013

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