Thank You: Disabiity Awareness Day kudos

April 18, 2002

On behalf of Imperial Valley College and the Disabled Student Programs and Services, I'd like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped make Disability Awareness Day at Imperial Valley College such a tremendous success.

On March 25 over 1,000 children from over 25 schools packed the DePaoli Sports Complex, where they heard award-winning actor Chris Burke deliver the message that it is a person's abilities that matter, not their disabilities. At the same time, over 40 agencies exhibited the excellent array of services and supports available for people with disabilities in Imperial County.

This event could not have taken place without the contributions of many people, agencies and organizations. Financial contributors were Imperial Valley ARC, Keithly-Williams Seeds, El Centro Rotary Club, Department of Social Services, Imperial Valley Breakfast Rotary Club, Imperial County SELPA, El Centro Host Lions Club, San Diego Regional Center for the Developmentally Developed Disabled and Imperial Irrigation District. Contributors of goods and services were Elms Equipment, Yosemite Waters, Valley Independent Bank, Yum Yum Restaurant, Wendy Kovacic, Imperial County Fire Department, and U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.


Agencies providing volunteers were New Creations, Turning Point, Imperial County Office of Education, Imperial County SELPA, Infant/Toddler Program, San Diego Regional Center, California Children's Services and the Exceptional Family Resource Center. Imperial Valley College departments of maintenance, parking, security, student affairs, reprographics, audio-visual, Fine Host cafeteria and the disabled student programs and services also provided in valuable assistance.

Many thanks also to Imperial Valley Press reporter Jennifer Ralton-Smith for the two excellent articles about students with disabilities attending Imperial Valley College.

My sincere thanks to everyone who helped raise the awareness of the unique skills, talents and abilities of people with disabilities in our community.


Director of Disabled Student

Programs and Services

Imperial Valley College

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles