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Elizabeth Hamblet, a recognized author, speaker, and consultant who works to help students with disabilities make a successful transition to college, will speak on that subject next Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the 8th grade house center at Timberlane Middle School.

Elizabeth Hamblet is an expert on how students with learning disabilities can transition to college.
Elizabeth Hamblet is an expert on how students with disabilities can transition to college.

She will discuss how the system for accommodations works at the college level, and will outline students’ rights and responsibilities within that system. Hamblet also will share what the research says are the skills students should develop while they’re in high school to ensure success when they reach college.

Hamblet offers advice, consultations, and presentations based on her professional experiences working both ends of the transition, as a high school special educator, and as a college-level learning disabilities specialist. She began her career as a high school special education teacher and case manager, and then worked as a learning disabilities specialist at Simmons College and Rutgers University. She is now a learning specialist at Columbia University, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skills.

She is a contributing writer for Disability Compliance for Higher Education, a journal for higher education disability professionals, and her work has appeared in the Journal of College Admission, Teaching Exceptional Children, Attention, Raising Teens, and Career Development for Exceptional Individuals. Her book on transition, 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, was published by the Council for Exceptional Children in 2011, and her laminated guide on this topic is available from National Professional Resources.

In addition to her publicly-oriented work, Ms. Hamblet does testing and consults to families on issues relating to transition to college for students with learning disabilities and ADD.

The event is presented by the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. In the event school is canceled due to inclement weather, the talk will take place Tuesday February 3 at 7 p.m. at the same location. The event is free and open to the public, and will include an opportunity to ask questions.

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Andrea Fereshteh has been writing for as long as she can remember. An avid journal-keeper as a child, she dabbled in dramatic notes to her parents and designed her own stationary. With a zest for small talk and meeting new people, she pursued journalism in college and worked for nine years in PR, writing and media relations for the higher ed and nonprofit sectors. She has a mousters and ducktorate from Disney University and is a mother to two lively boys who inspire her to just keep writing, just keep writing.

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