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MDC North Campus to Kick-off National Disability Awareness Month with Panel Discussion on Breaking Barriers


Miami, October 3, 2013 - Miami Dade College's (MDC) North Campus is kicking off National Disability Awareness Month on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with a panel discussion titled Breaking Barriers: Moving from Disabled to Able, among other events.  Featuring distinguished members of the community, the panel discussion will take place from 9:50 a.m.-11:05 a.m. at Lehman Theater.  The event is free and open to the public.

 Guest panelists include Monica and David Martinez, whose award-winning documentary, “Monica and David”, explores the marriage of two adults with down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs; Michael Marino, son of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino who was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 and is the public face of the Fort Lauderdale-based Dan Marino Foundation, whose mission is to assist families with autistic children and other disabilities; and representing MDC's student body is Moise Brutus, who despite losing both of his legs and one hand in a motorcycle accident, trains several times a week in hopes of making it to the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.

“The North Campus proudly serves more than 900 students with disabilities,” said Malou C. Harrison, interim president of MDC’s North and West Campuses. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn from persons with disabilities in our own community making a difference, achieving their goals and being successful.”

In addition to the panel discussion, MDC is celebrating Disabilities Awareness Month with a film screening of the movie “Ray,” a scuba diving adventure for MDC students with disabilities and a community disability challenge titled Walk a Mile in My Shoes.

Breaking Barriers: Moving from Disabled to Able

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9:50 AM - 12:05 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus’s Lehman Theater, (Building 5) 11380 NW 27 Ave.

For a comprehensive schedule, visit the North Campus’ Calendar of events at

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