University of Rochester

EVENT: Panel discussion on the dangers of lead poisoning in Rochester

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in room 2-110 of Dewey Hall on the University of Rochesterís River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

December 4, 2003

Three local experts on lead poisoning will discuss its symptoms and effects on the ability of children to learn from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, on the University of Rochesterís River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Targeted to educators and counselors, the event will include comments from Ralph Spezio, former principal of School 17 who is affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Centerís community outreach efforts; Patricia Brantingham, director of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning; and Kathy Lewis, director of the United Way of Greater Rochesterís community partnership program. All of these groups are working to eliminate lead poisoning in Rochester.

The panel is part of a course at the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development titled Advocacy, Consulting, System Change as a Counseling Practice. Participants will describe preventive measures to keep lead-based paint away from children and advocacy programs under way. More than 1,200 children in Monroe County are known to suffer from lead poisoning each year. Lead in the blood can cause permanent neurological damage.

Refreshments will be provided at the panel discussion, which will be held in room 2-110 of Dewey Hall. For more information, contact Sally Rousseau at (585) 506-9484, extension 118.