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Published 8/28/2003
National Political Figure to Visit Owens Community College, Wednesday, Sept. 10

Nationally-recognized consumer advocate, Ralph Nader will visit Owens Community College to address ethical and societal issues on Wednesday, September 10. Nader's appearance at Owens will highlight a series of presentations and panel discussions about ethics and legal issues concerning individuals with disabilities, which will occur throughout the day.

The conference titled "Ethics, Legal Issues and Advocacy in Rehabilitation Service Delivery" is from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and will be held in the College 's Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.

Nader will address conference attendees at 1:30 p.m. in the Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts, serving as the keynote speaker for the event. His topic is titled "Ethics and Consumer Advocacy" and will take an insightful look into the importance of educating professionals who assist individuals with disabilities regarding the legal and ethical standards of conduct expected of them.

"Owens Community College is honored to have such a well-respected and distinguished political figure as Mr. Nader address the Northwest Ohio community, culminating a day-long event of educating rehabilitation professionals about the challenges that individuals with disabilities face," said Amanda Long, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Honored by "Time" magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century, Nader travels regularly to speak about consumer advocacy to audiences across the country. A presidential candidate for the Green Party in 2000, his goal is to build the foundation of a third political party and a robust progressive political movement that rally around issues rather than empty slogans and figureheads.

Throughout his career, Nader has been instrumental in the creation of several federal regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Laws he helped draft and pass include the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Air and Water Pollution Control Laws and the Freedom of Information Act. Working to empower the average American, Nader has formed numerous citizen groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Pension Rights Center and the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest. His work also set the stage for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

A Harvard University and Princeton University graduate, Nader is the author of several best-selling books. His literary accomplishments include "Winning the Insurance Game", "Why Women Pay More" and "Getting the Best From Your Doctor". Nader's most recent bestseller is titled "Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President".

Other presentations and forums being held throughout the day will include a "Legal Measurements of Ethical/Professional Conduct" mock trial, as well as a panel discussion on "Current Challenges in Rehabilitation Service Delivery".

The registration fee for the conference is only $50. For additional information about the event, or to register, call (567) 661-7081 or (567) 372-2554. The conference is being presented by Owens Community College, Bowling Green State University Student Rehabilitation Association and Intervention Services, Ohio Rehabilitation Association, Workplace Resources and St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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