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Nesbit Elementary holds mentoring day

TUCKER -- A national advocacy organization for people with disabilities is joining with a local school Wednesday for a mentoring day and career expo.

The Southeast Americans with Disabilities Center has sponsored the event, and Nesbit Elementary will provide the venue.

Students can take part in programs designed to "foster a better understanding of disability and inspiring all children that anything is possible for their futures."

Pamela Williamson, project director of the Southeast ADA Center, added that the organization aims to teach students that "disability is a characteristic like brown eyes or blonde hair and not a definition of who you are."

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, students will take part in a general kickoff assembly, participate in smaller group mentoring sessions with adults with disabilities from the community and take part in music and art programs.

In addition to the Southeast ADA Center -- a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University -- the elementary school's parent teacher association and other local partners have helped organize the event including Disability Resource Group and ABEL2

According to its website, the Southeast ADA Center "answers questions, provides training and materials about the Americans with Disabilities Act."

The center serves an eight-state geographic region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.adasoutheast.org.