Education Conference Headed to Long Island Campus

PATCHOGUE, NY – April 17, 2012 – The Department of Child Study at St. Joseph’s College, in conjunction with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), will host the conference, “Educating All: Diverse Learners in an Evolving World” on Saturday, May 19 at its Long Island Campus located in Patchogue, NY.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Rick LaVoie, M.A., M.Ed., author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success and a 30-year administrator of residential programs for children with special needs. Additional guest speakers include Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in autism research and practice, and Stephen Shore, Ph.D., autism spectrum expert and author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

“The Child Study Department at St. Joseph’s College is proud to partner with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) in presenting this year’s conference, with a keynote speaker who promises to be motivational and an inspiration to all who attend,” said S. Mary Ann Cashin, chair of the Department of Child Study at St. Joseph’s College. “The affordable student registration makes this professionally rich opportunity accessible to our undergraduate and graduate students. We are delighted to host this gathering, which will explore positive approaches and current trends in teaching diverse learners.”

This education conference will include workshops on timely teaching topics, such as autism, transition planning, current educational practices and behavior assessment. Throughout the day, attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Apps Café, view an art exhibition and enjoy musical entertainment. Vendor and exhibitor tables will be set up all day for attendees to receive information and make purchases.

The pre-registration cost is $70 for an individual and $20 for a student, which includes the full event program, breakfast and lunch. The deadline for pre-registration is April 29. For more information, to register or become a vendor, call 516.870.1694, email events@familyres.org or visit www.familyres.org. St. Joseph’s College is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Avenue).

ABOUT FAMILY RESIDENCES AND ESSENTIAL ENTERPRISES, INC. (FREE)
FREE founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits and proudly supports more than 3,000 individuals with different abilities and their families each year. Its mission is to support individuals of all abilities to realize their full potential and to achieve personal happiness. FREE provides a diverse array of support and services including: housing, rehabilitation services, prevocational/day and employment services, family services, education and after-school support, health care/clinical services and advocacy. For more information, please call 516-870-1622 or visit www.familyres.org.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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