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Engaging the campus community - RASO gives back to students with disabilities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 7, 2012) - Non-traditional students make up a significant percentage of community college enrollment nationwide. At Tallahassee Community College, 26.9 percent of the Fall 2011 enrollment was over the age of 24.
 
Many of those students are returning to college and, at TCC, the Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO) serves this student population by identifying challenges associated with a return to the classroom experience and seeking ways to erase the burden by employing innovative solutions that will enhance the students' campus life. This has been accomplished by raising awareness to and promoting students' financial, academic and relaxation balance. Recently, RASO introduced a financial aid workshop to aid students in creating a scholarship portfolio. The club also debuted a chess tournament last spring and plans to launch a tai chi class in the near future.
 
According to club president Karl Casey, RASO also strives to align itself with TCC's commitment to providing the highest possible quality education to the student body, including those with special needs. Recently, RASO donated a keyboard designed for students with disabilities.
 
"RASO is aware that students with disabilities must endure added challenges in their academic pursuits," said Casey. "When we (RASO) saw the opportunity to support the College by donating a visual aid device, we gladly took it." 
 
The E-Z Eyes keyboard is set up on the second floor of the William D. Law, Jr. Learning Commons at a disability accessible workstation and will aid students who have a difficult time seeing the key pad against a dark background.
 
"Returning adults students with disabilities are the true benefactors of this donation," said Casey, who added the donation was also made to create awareness for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act recognizes and protects the civil rights of people with disabilities and is modeled after earlier landmark laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race and gender.
 
To find out more about TCC's Returning Adult Student Organization, contact Karl Casey at casey6A6@mymail.tcc.fl.edu.  
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