Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 2nd Annual UB Diversity in Disability Symposium: Advocacy in Our Backyard, by Alec Frazier

The keynote speaker was Bruce Darling, President/CEO of the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR) and Community Organizer with ADAPT.
Bruce E. Darling is co-founder and President/Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR), a Rochester-based disability rights organization and Independent Living Center. During his 21-year career he has dealt with a variety of disability issues: fighting for access to public transportation, promoting accessible housing, opposing physician-assisted suicide, and creating community-based alternatives to institutionalization.
The Symposium during Bruce Darling’s speech. 
An exhibit from Buffalo’s Museum of disABILITY History, Entitled Madness in America.
Another speaker was Lauren Lieberman, PhD, Director of Camp Abilities Brockport.
Lauren Lieberman, PhD, earned her doctorate in adapted physical education at Oregon State University with an emphasis on sensory impairments. She taught at Perkins School for the Blind. Lieberman is currently a professor and teaches APE at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She has co-authored several books including: Strategies for Inclusion, Games for People with Sensory Impairments, Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Physical Activity for Children with Visual Impairments, Paraeducators in Physical Education, and continues to do research in this area. 
The Symposium had a quiet room for people with sensory difficulties.
The Chair of last year’s Symposium, David Dodge, was resource officer for this one. 
The Chair of this year’s Symposium was me, Alec Frazier. 
The one Member At Large of this year’s Diversity in Disability Planning Committee (DDPC) was Mark Shaw.
The final speaker of the day was Diana K. Landwehr, Director of Support to Advocacy for Headway of Western New York.
Headway is a sub-agency of People, Inc. that deals with brain injury. Diana’s husband has a brain injury.
The Panel (from left to right) Bob Balk, Bruce Darling, Mike Rembis, Alec Frazier
Later in the day there was a panel discussion on employment of people with disabilities.

UB Accessibility Resources staffer Sue Mann Dolce moderated the panel discussion.
Sue’s areas of interest and research encompass participation, disability studies, collaborative programming, and universal design and programming, including Universal Yoga. She enjoys working with all members of the UB community to learn about, design and implement education and participation opportunities for everyone. Sue is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and supporter of the arts.

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