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Salibrici helps organize conference

Mary Salibrici of the HWS writing and rhetoric faculty is one of the organizers of the ARC of Onondaga's first “Children, Youth and Families Developmental Disabilities Conference,” which will be Saturday, May 20 at the Lemoyne Manor in Syracuse.

She is chair of the agency's Child, Youth and Young Adult Services Committee, and will offer welcoming remarks at the conference. She will also facilitate a roundtable discussion for siblings of people with developmental disabilities. Other session topics include lifetime planning for children with special needs, guardianship issues, and transition from high school to the adult world.

The one-day conference has been set up for parents, families, guardians, advocates and service providers of persons with developmental disabilities.

Douglas Biklen, dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University and co-producer of “Autism Is a World,” (2004) an Academy Award-nominated documentary film on autism, will be the keynote speaker.

Salibrici is vice president of the ARC Board of Directors, a non-profit agency providing services for people with developmental disabilities.

An assistant professor of writing and rhetoric, she joined the Colleges' faculty in 2000. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst College, a master's from John Carroll University, and her doctorate from Syracuse University.

For details on the conference, e-mail Mary Salibrici at