Access & Disability Alliance

2017 News Archive

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The Struggle Within: Understanding the Anxiety of the Student Veteran Experience

Posted February 2, 2017

Faculty and staff are invited to learn how to recognize anxiety and build a toolbox to support the needs of students. Lunch will be provided for participants that register.

Friday, February 17, 2017
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Building 98, 8th Floor, Heritage Room
Deadline to register for this session is 2/15/17.
Click here to RSVP

Jonathan Mooney

Save the Date! Celebrated Author and Motivational Speaker Jonathan Mooney to Give disABILITY Awareness Day Keynote Address

Posted January 19, 2017

Jonathan Mooney is a writer and learning activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University’s class of 2000 and holds an honors degree in English Literature. Jonathan has spent his entire professional career as a social entrepreneur developing organizations, programs, and initiatives to improve the lives of marginalized groups. In 1997, as an undergraduate at Brown University, Jonathan co-founded Project Eye-To-Eye, a non-profit advocacy organization for students with learning differences. As the founding president and Executive Director, Jonathan grew the organization from an undergraduate project conceived in his dorm room into a national organization, which currently has 38 chapters in 20 states working with over 10,000 parents, educators, and students. Jonathan has also worked extensively to create career and college pathways to move low-income youth and adults out of poverty creating the Los Angeles Energy pathway program; The Urban Teacher Fellowship; and the Promo Pathway, an initiative Vice President Al Gore called “a model for moving at-risk youth into the creative economy.”

With the publication of Learning Outside the Lines, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the neurodiversity and learning revolution. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal was published in the spring of 2007 to outstanding reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and many other national publications. Both books are considered foundational texts in the disability rights movement, the inclusive education movement, and the learning revolution and are used in undergraduate and graduate program at universities and colleges across the country including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jonathan is a highly sought after speaker on neurodiversity, education reform, the learning revolution, and creating college and career pathways for at risk youth. In 1999, Jonathan was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service. In 2000, Jonathan was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. In 2002, the LD Access Foundation recognized his work for students with disabilities with the Golden Advocacy award. He has been featured and quoted in/on The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

Please join us for disABILITY Awareness Day:

Tuesday, February 21st
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Unpacking Ableism: Exploring Disability Workshop Offered

Posted January 19, 2017

Join us for a workshop exploring the stigmas and stereotypes ascribed onto folks with disabilities. Participate as we collectively discover ways to challenge oppression and craft calls to action. This workshop is open to students, staff, and faculty.

Friday, February 3rd
11:00am to 1:00pm
Career Center Classroom 97-120