SJC to Host Simulation Day

March 23, 2016

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – March 23, 2016 – The Individual Needs Network (INN) at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will host its first Simulation Day event on Monday, April 4 at 1 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center and at 6 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center at SJC Long Island in Patchogue, New York.

“By hosting this event, we are hoping for guests to become more aware of the needs of others,” said Noelle Eichenlaub, chair of communications for INN at SJC Long Island. “Our goal is to open the door to conversations about different abilities, meet self-advocates from the SJC community and have a good time while doing so.”

The event aims to bring awareness and allow people to experience the world through the eyes of their peers with different abilities. Guests will be invited to experience simulation activities to get a sense of what people with diverse abilities experience on a daily basis. Many of the activities will be run by people who experience a specific condition, allowing for a unique opportunity to ask questions. INN’s goal is to break down the barrier that often surrounds people with different abilities, and provide an opportunity for discussion. A panel of students will guide discussions on how to be a better friend, coworker or family member to someone with different abilities. 

This event is free and open to the public. Guests of all ages are welcome and a light meal will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or [email protected] 

The Individual Needs Network is an interest group with a focus on advocacy, education and awareness. Our mission is to open minds toward meeting the physical, educational, social and emotional needs that supports inclusion for all. We want to educate people on universal design issues that continue to make St. Joseph's College an accessible campus. Showcasing the many resources available here at the College that support individual needs, as well as identifying new resources, is a focal point of the group. We aim to educate staff, faculty and students alike that each person has diverse, individual needs that need to be supported. We want to break the barriers that a stigma creates in order to support successful integration within the St. Joseph's College community. Our goal is to create an environment inclusive of the individual needs of all because no one should feel alone or left out.

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. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 45 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.