JWCC to Host Presentation on Breaking Barriers for People with Disabilities

John Wood Community College’s College for Life program will host the presentation, “Breaking Barriers to Achieve ExtraOrdinary Lives!”  Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.  in Room D024-25 of the Paul Heath Center on the JWCC Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.

 The event is open to the public free of charge and will be presented by Aubrie Westmaas, self-advocate, co-founder and vice president of Expect ExtraOrdinary, Inc. Westmaas will share, using humor and personal stories, ways to help people with developmental disabilities live ordinary lives and achieve personal fulfillment. 

“People with disabilities want to be treated ordinary, but we do have some extras,” Westmaas shared. “We need to work to make it possible for people with developmental disabilities to live ordinary lives – living, learning, working, playing and worshipping in ordinary places with everyone else.”

 Westmaas hopes the presentation opens minds and hearts.  “We can help people with disabilities take control of their own lives, make their own choices, and achieve their personal goals,” she said. “I want the audience to replace old ideas and attitudes with open minds and welcoming hearts.”

 The JWCC College for Life Certificate program is designed to provide students with intellectual and or developmental disabilities educational opportunities to prepare them for successful adult life with greater participation in competitive integrated employment, valued community membership, and independent living.

Reservations for the presentation are encouraged, but not required, and can be made by contacting JWCC’s Community Based Outreach Office at 217.641.4941.

For more information about the presentation or JWCC’s College for Life program, visit www.jwcc.edu/collegeforlife or contact Michele Westmaas, College for Life Coordinator, at 217.641.4340 or mwestmaas@jwcc.edu.  Aubrie Westmaas

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.