A community fair featuring more than 50 local organizations that offer resources for people with disabilities drew a large crowd earlier today for VOICE Day 2014, organized by the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Counseling and the School of Health Sciences and Human Services.
“I’m really interested in teaching people with disabilities how to empower themselves and have a better quality of life,” said Hedda Victor, a graduate student in mental health and rehab counseling who hopes to build a career helping high school students transition to college or vocational school when she graduates this December. “This is also a great opportunity to network and learn new things in the field,” she added.
The day-long event, held in the Student Center Multipurpose Room, also included an art exhibit sponsored by Nassau County, as well as special workshops and one-on-one consultations on topics such as successfully searching for a new job, tackling a challenging work history, and learning the skills of self-determination. VOICE Day stands for Vision of Integration, Choice and Equality.
The opening of the 25th Annual Art Expressions exhibit featured more than 60 pieces of art created by community members. During the exhibit’s morning reception, Lisa A. Murphy, a 1984 alumna and the commissioner of human services for Nassau County, presented Acting Dean Ron Bloom with a citation for the School of Health Sciences and Human Services’ dedicated service to the people of Nassau County. The exhibit will remain on display in Axinn Library, 10th floor, from Oct. 16 to Dec. 5, 2014.
“I’m very impressed by the breadth and depth of the programs that are now offered at Hofstra,” said Barry Felder, a 1974 graduate and a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, a leading health-care law firm, who attended the art opening. “VOICE Day is an example of Hofstra being ahead of the curve, and it’s nice as an alumnus to come back and see how the University is growing and enhancing its reputation.”