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NYS Department of Education Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Rebecca Cort to Speak at C.W. Post

Presentation Launches the opening of C.W. Post’s Center for Community Inclusion

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
516-299-2334

Dr. Rebecca CortBrookville, NY - Dr. Rebecca Cort, Deputy Commissioner of New York State’s Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities and an advocate for the special needs community, will be speaking on Friday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Her lecture, titled, "Inclusive Education in New York State: Past, Present and Future," is in conjunction with the opening of the C.W. Post School of Education’s Center for Community Inclusion, which provides families, professionals, and the community at large with resources to support individuals with disabilities in our schools, workplaces, residences, and places of leisure.

Along with Dr. Cort will be a panel of experts, including: Janice Patterson, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services, Mineola Public Schools; Dr. Roseanne Melucci, Superintendent, East Rockaway School District; Dr. Joel Mittler, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Literacy, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. The presentation will be held in Kahn Discovery Center, Room 119. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Cort serves as the state director for both special education and of vocational rehabilitation. VESID oversees special education services for more than 460,000 students with disabilities, ages 3-21, in public and private schools. Vocational rehabilitation services are provided to individuals, beginning at age 16 through adulthood, resulting in approximately 13,000 successful job placements annually. She has written various articles on special education topics and co-authored the book “Children with Special Needs: Case Studies in the Clinical Teaching Process.”

Posted 10/19/2009

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