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From the Desk of Legislator Roger Corbin: June 5, 2009

Workshops for People With Disabilities Announced

Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin (D-Westbury) announced two workshops that are being sponsored by the Long Island Center for Independent Living (LICIL).

On Tuesday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. the workshop topic is “Tenants Rights for People with Disabilities” facilitated by Rhonda Morgan, housing advocate. The guest speaker that day will be Michelle Santantonio from Long Island Housing.

On Wednesday, June 17 the topic will be “How Do I Find Housing When I Have a Disability and I Have No Money?” This workshop will be led by Dr. Marc Ross Miller, director of Long Island Housing.

Both workshops will be held at the LICIL center, which is located at 3601 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.

LICIL is committed to the empowerment of consumers with disabilities. LICIL staffs function as “ambassadors” to the belief that individuals with disabilities have a responsibility to take an active role in their own lives and a self-determined view of their futures.

To reserve your spot, call Donna Vogt at 796-0144.

Prom Night Safety Tips

Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin (D-Westbury) reminds parents that there is a great deal they can do to keep their teenagers safe on Prom Night and ensure that it is a positive experience.

“Parents can help to ensure that Prom Night is a great experience for their children,” Corbin said. “It requires some forethought on their part, a commitment to discussions prior to the event with their children, and knowledge of who they plan to spend the evening with, and where, if anywhere, that they plan to go after prom. Knowledge is power when applied for parents, and informed parents can help keep teenagers safe on what should be one of the best nights of their young lives.“

Some tips for parents to keep teenagers safe on Prom Night include:

• Know and discuss the school code of conduct before the prom with your child

• Does the school code of conduct extend to off-site functions that have been approved by the school?

• Know who your child is attending the prom with and discuss the events for pre-and post-prom parties with other parents

• Discuss the dangers of drinking and driving. New York State law mandates arrest and license revocation/suspension of any person under 21 driving with .02 percent or more Blood Alcohol Content which is only one drink

• Talk with your child about the dangers of club drugs, warning signs and who to notify for assistance

• Pre-plan and role-play answers that your child can use to get out of uncomfortable situations. (e.g., offered alcohol, getting a ride from an intoxicated driver, unwanted sexual advances, etc.)

• Discuss guidelines and a curfew. Discuss the consequences of violating these rules

• Discuss travel plans, and use a reputable limousine service that will not allow a person to bring, serve or introduce alcohol into the vehicle

• Know who is driving to the prom and who will be a passenger. Limit the number of passengers to increase safety and reduce driver distractions

• Know the location of post-prom parties and who is sponsoring them

• Talk to your teenager about the serious dangers and consequences of underage drinking and driving

• If your child’s’ plans change, confirm the change with the parents of other children

• Remind your child that you are there for them. Encourage them to call you if they need a ride home or to an after-prom affair.