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An event for those interested in Post-Secondary Programs for students with Intellectual or Developmental 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016                                                                   

Tulsa:  Noon – 1:00 p.m.; Schusterman Center – Innovation Commons; 4502 E. 41st Street.                        

OKC:  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Samis Education Center – Conference Room B3; 1200 Children’s Avenue.

Lead Learn Live and Sooner Success, along with the Oklahoma Disability Law Center are partnering to host a SUCCESS  for Life event focused on post-secondary students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This special event is specifically for families, professionals, educators, legislators and other supporters of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities to learn more about successful college programs with the goal of bringing these programs to Oklahoma.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear, Edie Cusack, the executive of the REACH program at College of Charleston to share about the program she developed and has successfully operated since 2010.

Edie Cusack is an award-winning Nationally Board Certified Teacher who has been advocating for and educating students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 30-years. Inclusion and self-determination were the philosophies she incorporated into the REACH Program when she created and developed it.  As the program's executive director, Edie continues to break down barriers in higher education while advancing inclusion, self-determination, and social justice.

Lead Learn Live has the mission to bring four-year degree, non-degree, or certificate, fully integrated programs for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities to Oklahoma that include the components of independent living, social skills, academics and career development.

“As the parents of a high school student on the Autism spectrum, my husband and I want the same opportunities for our son that we had.  It is time for Oklahoma to join most of the nation in having these programs available that support our young people.” Julie Lackey, founder Lead Learn Live

Sooner Success is partnering with this effort and its mission is to advance a comprehensive, unified system of health, social and educational services for children and youth with special needs within the community.

 “As the parent of a child with an intellectual disability, I am very interested in learning about post-secondary college programs and how they could benefit my child. It is very disappointing that Oklahoma is one of only two states that currently do not have one of these programs available. Our kids deserve this opportunity”.  Lori Wathen, Sooner Success Regional coordinator.

 This event is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Tulsa Center for Child Psychology, and Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma.

Registration is required as seating is limited. 

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