University Park, IL,
20:29 PM

CHHS to Host March 9 Conference for Adults with Disabilities

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is living its mission in Governors State University’s 50th year. We continue to excel at providing an accessible and quality health and human services professions education with our 16 degree offerings and seven accredited professional programs. Under the direction of seven dynamic department chairs and more than seventy dedicated and passionate faculty members, we have a commitment to diversity and social justice, and our programs are infused into community partnerships for the health, well-being and economic development of the region.

This year, we are launching a CHHS-sponsored conference on March 9, 2020, with nearly 15 hours of educational sessions about fostering post-secondary educational and vocational success for adults with disabilities. I hope you will save the date and plan to join us for one of the three tracks—professional development for health and human services, higher education, or community members —and stay to browse the exhibit hall and network over lunch and dinner. The day will be capped off with a 7 p.m. presentation in the Center for Performing Arts by Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, author, spokesperson and advocate for individuals with autism.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 19% of college students reported having a disability in 2015-2016. Persons with disabilities have lower employment rates than persons without disabilities, according to reports produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even after adjusting for level of education. With our conference on March 9, we hope to learn about the sources of these disparities and work to build partnerships and community resources to improve the health, education, and work outcomes for GSU’s students and community.