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Students To Lead “Beyond Disability” Panel Discussion on March 12

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 26, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – On Tuesday, March 12, three female Ramapo College students with disabilities will speak during the panel discussion “Beyond Disability: Women Living and Succeeding with Disabilities” in ASB-221 from 1 to 2 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Office of Specialized Services as part of Women’s HERstory Month.

The panel will consist of students Jessica Costa, Ela Wojtowicz and Susan Vanino. They will share their experiences and answer questions about living with disabilities, being women with disabilities and how they debunk assumptions that society may have about disabilities. 

Jessica Costa is a first-year student majoring in Literature. She has Asperger’s Syndrome but does not like to use the word disability to define herself or her life. Ela Wojtowicz is a graduating senior in Psychology. She has Cerebral Palsy but has never let her disability stop her from living an experienced life. Susan Vanino is a graduating senior in Social Work. She has vision loss and has a seeing eye dog named “Q.” Susan is an adult student, with grown children of her own and is the program coordinator at the Adjustment to Vision Loss Program in Hackensack, NJ.

The powerful and inspirational panel discussion aims to get to the heart of women living with disability. The event is free. For more information, contact Abbe Benowitz at or call (201) 684-7693.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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