SCCC host Abilities Awareness Week

"Our message is that we want to inspire people with disabilities and their families that they can achieve anything in life, and not only can they do something important and succeed, they can also have a fun, fulfilled life," said Fiori.

The band plays 90 to 100 times a year, which averages about two to three gigs a week. Three of the band members are blind, two are in wheelchairs and all of them have developmental disabilities, according to Fiori.

The band will be performing Thursday, March 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1 to 2 p.m.

Other events during the week include two movies and guest speakers from the Capital District Center for Independence, Inc.

On Wednesday, March 25, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the film "Freedom Machines" will be shown. The film profiles the lives of individuals with disabilities in the context of assistive technology. Viewers are shown the importance of aligning civil rights and public policy with these advances.

The second movie, which will be playing on Friday, March 27, from 11-11:50 a.m. is called "The Boy with the Incredible Brain." The documentary features the story of Daniel Tammet, someone who is not only able to mentally perform calculations to 100 decimal places but can learn a language in one week's time. While highlighting the abilities of those considered savants, the film explores the relationship between savant syndrome and brain damage as well as autism.

"The film makes it very clear that this is incredibly unusual, but what they're saying is there is some link between brain damage and savant syndrome, autism and savant syndrome, and they're looking at these individuals to see what that link actually is," said Wertlieb.

On Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. speakers Ryan Pooler and Lincy Thomas from the Capital District Center for Independence, Inc., and the Client Assistance Program will talk about how their programs help individuals to navigate the maze of disability services. They will describe how their programs provide information, referral, and transitional services as well as advocacy and legal representation.

For more information, visit http://www.sunysccc.edu.""

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