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Ramapo to Present “Living Productively With Disabilities” Lecture

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 4, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – “Living Productively With Disabilities” will be presented on Tuesday, April 9 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges in SC-137 and SC-138. The event will feature two inspirational stories from individuals with special needs, Michael Nevin and Sarah Vazquez. After they share their stories, the two will hold a discussion with the audience.

Michael Nevin is a computer aide at Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey. He is student at Bergen Community College and graduated as a National Honor Society member in high school. He has learned first-hand the importance of being his own advocate. “Life is an experience, and what we do with it is up to us; advocating for oneself provides a great feeling of pride and achievement,” says Nevin. He aims to encourage both students and educators on the important issue of self-advocacy.

Sarah Vazquez is a nationally known speaker, writer and advocate with more than10 years of experience working in the field of supporting those with disabilities. She grew up mindful that the world viewed her as “different” due to her cerebral palsy. Sarah, who holds a degree in English and Psychology from Rutgers University, has already written an autobiography, “Paved Roads.” She continues to challenge all people to have expectations for their lives, to express their inner voices and, above all, to follow their dreams.

Attendees are welcomed to bring their lunches to the event. Drinks and dessert will be served. The event is supported by a Ramapo College Platinum Grant awarded to the Teacher Education Program in the School of Social Science and Human Services. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Specialized Services. For any additional information, please contact Professor Julie Good in Teacher Education at


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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