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SMJUHSD on Thursday Oct. 23 will co-host the 7th Annual Santa Maria Opportunities Expo, an event designed to showcase adult service opportunities for students with disabilities in northern Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obispo counties.

The expo, which is part of October’s National Disability Month, takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 313 W. Tunnel St. in Santa Maria.

The event features employment, day program, advocacy and residential booths that support special-education programs. A guest speaker from the Alpha Resource Center will focus on useful programs and topics families can take advantage of as they prepare for the future.

Students with disabilities and their families experience more frequent and challenging transitions to life after high school than other students, according to PVHS Special Ed Teacher Jody Dowell.

“The end result is that when a student with disabilities leaves high school they are often faced with unemployment, less meaningful activities during their day, lack of continuing training, educational opportunities, housing options and vital personal supports,’’ Dowell said.

Translator services will be available. The CHC will provide free flu shots to uninsured adults.

The event is sponsored by SMJUHSD, Achievement House, Novelles, PathPoint, Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara County SELPA, Transitions Mental Health Association, Tri-Counties Regional Center and UCP WORK, Inc.

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