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College of Marin Adaptive Computer Center Services in New Location

Marin Brain Injury Network to Welcome COM Students Beginning Oct. 25

Kentfield, CA—October 18, 2011—Creative community problem-solving has salvaged an adapted computer technology program for disabled College of Marin students that had been threatened by State budget cuts, the college announced this week.

The public is invited to tour the relocated Individualized Technology Computer Program (formerly the COM High Tech Computer Center) at an open house and continental breakfast hosted by the Marin Brain Injury Network near the college campus in Larkspur.

EVENT: Open House, Continental Breakfast & Tour of the NEW Individualized Technology Computer Program
DATE: Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
TIME:  10 a.m.-Noon
PLACE: Marin Brain Injury Network: 1132 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939
MORE INFORMATION:  www.mbin.org (Directions on website)
RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Therese Jacobson, Operations Manager, 415-461-6771, ext. 102

CLASS REGISTRATION: Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The program will continue to provide cognitive retraining to individuals who have experienced a stroke or head injury, as well as learning skills development for students with learning disabilities. Computer and word processing training will also be provided for learning and physically disabled students to meet their academic needs and to prepare them for competitive employment.

"It was very difficult when the state cut funds to this program," said Superintendent / President David Wain Coon, who urged the College to think "outside of the box," and work with existing community resources to find an alternative solution to discontinuing the popular services at the High Tech Center. “Thanks to the Marin Brain Injury Network, we were able work together to develop a solution for the benefit of our students.”

Community colleges introduced adapted computer technology in the '80s to help students with disabilities be academically independent and learn more effectively.

"I feel certain that the program will be a success,” said Chris Schultz, Disabled Students Programs and Services Coordinator.

For more information, contact College of Marin Disabled Students Programs and Services at 415-457-8811, ext 7701.