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SDS 2018 Board Nominees

Andrew Harnish

I’m (andrewjharnish [at] gmail [dot] com) writing to express my interest in serving on the Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors. I’m a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Dakota, with specializations in Disability Studies, Queer Theory, and Creative Writing. My article, “Ableism and the Trump Phenomenon” appeared in Disability and Society in February 2017. I’m currently at work on a “crip/queer” coming-of-age novel set in a Mennonite farming community much like the one I grew up in. My areas of research in disability studies include: invisible and “apparitional” disabilities, disability in rural contexts, ableism and the stigmatization of disability, and the relationship between austerity and the production of disability.

This is my second year as an SDS member. Last year, I worked with Joanne Woiak on an outreach effort to graduate students in an effort to encourage them to join SDS. I would like to see SDS continue to either partner with existing conferences as with the recent stream at the Ohio State conference, or, if the budget permits, move toward the resumption of the SDS conference.

Given the atmosphere of austerity in higher education, it’s clear that fundraising is going to be an ongoing challenge. I would be eager to know more about past attempts by SDS to partner with nonprofits in the disability rights and services space. I’d also be interested in helping to explore additional grant writing options; I hope philanthropic organizations would pay attention to requests to fund an organization dedicated to supporting researchers engaged with issues related to disability. My cousin, Daniel Minnich, is the co-founder and co-director of Waypoint Adventures, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides outdoor opportunities to disabled people/people with disabilities; his organization has had considerable success in generating support from local corporations. Of course, the experiences of a services provider aren’t parallel to those of an academic organization, but Waypoint’s example suggests that sponsors can become energized by the opportunity to engage with issues related to disability.

My vision for SDS is an organization that does an even better job connecting scholars of disability across disciplinary boundaries, ideally through a dedicated yearly conference. Building these interdisciplinary connections will further knowledge of disability scholarship and advocacy, for the benefit of disabled people across North America and beyond. I’d be excited to have the opportunity to contribute to SDS as a board member by helping to recruit new members, search for new funding streams through grant-writing, and publicize SDS events and opportunities.

Thank you,
Andrew Harnish
Ph.D. candidate, The University of North Dakota

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Sara M. Acevedo, PhD

I (sacevedo [at] ciis [dot] edu) am writing to express my interest in the position of Board Member with the Society for Disability Studies. I am an active community member with a background in linguistics, disability studies, and activist anthropology and I would love the chance to give back by lending my advisory skills to the SDS Board of Directors.

I am an Autistic Mestiza educator and disability justice advocate born and raised in Colombia, South America. I came to the United States in 2009 to pursue a Masters degree in Liberal Arts and Disability Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, and recently obtained a doctoral degree in Anthropology and Social Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I am an activist scholar by profession and my most recent research documents the unprecedented work of local autistic grassroots educators and transition providers serving autistic and otherwise neurodivergent youth in Berkeley, California.

For the past 6 years, I have been working alongside disability justice grassroots communities toward building cross-movement alliances and political coalitions in solidarity with other historically underrepresented social groups and marginalized bodily identities along the markers of race, class, sexual orientation, gender expression, ethnicity, and citizenship. I have substantial experience working alongside disabled peers from different backgrounds both inside and outside the university. With this background I can further contribute to envisioning multiple futures as well as develop a sustainable community of scholars and activists working together to creatively unsettle ableism and other oppressive dynamics within the academy.

In addition, I believe that a strong commitment to issues of Neurodiversity necessitates that SDS affirms and elevates both input and direction from neurodivergent people themselves. Thus the primary goal of my application is to offer my own lived experience and scholarly perspectives on this matter. In particular, I am enthusiastic about forming a Neurodiversity and Neurodivergent Leadership caucus. The idea behind this project is to design and implement info sessions and other educational materials directed to activist scholars interested in engaging ethically and responsibly with autistic and otherwise neurodivergent peoples’ histories and first hand lived experiences – “Nothing About Us Without Us”!

I am one of the co-founders and serve as a member with the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD). I would be thrilled to serve on your board and put my knowledge in that area to use in collaboration with SDS peers. Finally, although I do not have direct experience with fundraising projects, I am confident that by following on the lead of seasoned board members, I can learn and develop a thorough and engaged understanding of the procedures and technicalities incumbent in this area. Overall, I understand the amount of labor and time required by this position, and I am ready to meet this commitment.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

In solidarity,

Sara M. Acevedo PhD.
Center for Writing and Scholarship,
School of Undergraduate Studies,
California Institute of Integral Studies

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Holly Pearson

My name is Holly Pearson (pears122 [at] mail [dot] chapman [dot] edu], and I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Framingham State University. I graduated in May 2016 with. Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies from Chapman University. I also received a M.S. in Sociology from Iowa State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Since 2008, as an individual who identifies as a deaf/hard of hearing Korean adoptee female who communicates both in American Sign Language and spoken English, I have interwoven Disability Studies in every aspect of my scholarship and personal pursuits.

Disability Studies framework offers a versatile way of understanding and disrupting the everyday ordinariness of social differences, diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and social justice in order to offer tangible insights and solutions in addressing, in particular, institutional change that embodies the spirit of intersectionality, interdependence, and anti-ableist praxis. Along those lines, I have presented and published as solo author and with colleagues on a variety of topics such as socio-spatializing disability as diversity, trialectics of arts-based research methods, disability, and space, disrupting the boundaries of disability studies and special education, disability studies curriculum, institutional discourse of disability and diversity on universities’ websites, and the disconnect between teacher education and disability studies.

For this opportunity, I offer my event, fundraising, and organizational planning as I have collaborated with a number of colleagues in hosting workshops, events, and film screening. For instance, recently at Framingham State University, a film screening of DEEJ was hosted. Bringing DEEJ and DJ to campus involved pulling in multiple stakeholders (i.e., different departments and offices) together. As a result, together with DJ, we hosted not only a film screening but a poetry workshop, educator workshop and a classroom visit to present multiple opportunities for dialogue around disability justice, inclusion, and interdependence across different platforms (i.e. film, poetry, and informative breakout session).

In addition, I envision SDS as an interdisciplinary safe haven for all individuals (e.g., scholars, artists, activists, and community organizers) to grow, influence, and critically engage with each other. Furthermore, SDS needs to continue to develop as a central hub for providing resources, workshops, and dialogic spaces in addressing critical issues such as navigating disability disclosure, institutional ableism, job market, alternative non-academic routes, and partnership with the disability communities. These opportunities are vital in not only ensuring the field itself continues to flourish, but also the well-being of our disability communities.

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Robin Roscigno

Robin Roscigno (rfr42 [at] scarletmail [dot] rutgers [dot] edu) Please accept my self-nomination to serve on Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies. I am autistic graduate student studying Education Theory, Policy and Organization at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. My interest in serving stems from my research interests in Disability Studies in Education. My current academic work is focused on using queer theory and biopolitics to analyze schooling for neurodivergent youth, particularly the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis and Restraint and Seclusion [R&S] policy. I am familiar with the field of disability studies from my own reading and academic writing, and from attending and presenting at conferences this year. My academic work is representative of my activist practice and local advocacy around R&S policy, advocacy and training. I facilitate statewide trainings in my home state of New Jersey through the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, on the topic of Bodily Autonomy for Disabled Students, in addition to conducting school trainings and private consulting. I am a unique candidate because I am connected to many communities around disability justice work-activism, education practice, scholarship, personal experience and parent networks. For an organization like SDS, my connections to all of these fields could help to connect a wider audience and draw more neurodivergent folx, educators, parents, activists and community leaders. I have NFP experience and recently co-founded Foundations for Divergent Minds, an autistic-run organization that provides neurodiversity-focused training for parents and professionals.

My vision for SDS is to be on the forefront of activist and scholarly thought on disability, to engage in critical intersectional conversations about disability and to be a model of accessibility for the larger scholarly community. I attended the Multiple Perspectives Conference this year, and organized the panel “Resistant Practices: Early Childhood Education and Artful Advocacy from Neurodiversity Perspectives.” I enjoyed the conference but also was able to bring up a few points that would increase accessibility at the Town Hall, including content warnings, clearer indicators of the material/theme of session events, and more accessible quiet spaces. I think I could help to continue these productive conversations and bring more neurodivergent representation to the board. My panel really represented what I imagine for the future of SDS: a collaboration of academics and activists sharing institutional space that integrates the humanities, sciences, arts and activist production. I see more room for interesting, generative expressions of what Disability Studies can be, and I am looking forward to sharing them with the board. I also have an arts background and have my MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from Stony Brook University and a BA in Art from DePaul University, so I have ideas about curation-particularly video and performance art-and how to fundraise using art. I would like to add my voice to the board, and believe I can contribute in interesting and new ways.

Best,

Robin Roscigno

PhD Student
Graduate School of Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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Anna Williams

Anna Williams (annamvittone [at] gmail [dot] com) is beginning her third year in her PhD program at the University of Florida in Human Centered Computing, an emerging field in computer science that seeks to bridge the research gaps between computer science and the ethical impacts of technology in society.

Her research focus is in disconnecting assistive technology from the medical and pathology paradigms, and frames disabled people as technology users and technology access as a human right. As an autistic scholar, her specific research interests center around developing technologies to support autonomous and self-determined living for autistic users.

Current computer science research for autism perseverates on normalization of autistic bodies and lacks critical analysis into the implications of mounting devices to children to reinforce conformity. She believes that no field of study can operate with integrity without a foundation of critical disability, race, gender, and class theory and analysis. Anna feels that SDS is ready to integrate neurodiversity perspectives and hopes to see the establishment of a neurodivergent caucus and neurodiversity special interest group. SDS is ready to welcome those of us whose minds were never fine, and whose bodies refuse to comply.
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Mallory K. Nelson

I’m (mallory [at] usitt [dot] org) ready for round two of board service. After spending the last three years on the board of directors for the Society for Disability Studies though some of the most heart wrenching years, I would like to continue my service now that SDS is ready for a restart.

I would first like to thank the disability community for trusting me for the last three years. My strongest quality that I bring to the board is the power to stay the course. Regardless of the financial predicament SDS was in the year I started on the board I never gave up. I also know that I bring a unique non-academic perspective to the board. During the three years I spent on the board I worked on securing SDS’s financial security and served one year in the role of Vice President as a strong voice of questioning business as usual. I have served on several committees including the fundraising committee, awards committee and executive committee.

What I believe is important in the coming years is some small amount of continuity on this working board. SDS is now ready to come out of the cocoon it was forced into for the last three years and I want to hold the disability pride flag high and lead the charge.

I have been working for USITT – Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals. During this time, I’ve learned much about how a successful non-profit is run. I’ve also continued my work in the disability community through local work in the city of Syracuse and in online communities. I have invented a word “Transmobility” which will be published shortly in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. I have also contributed a piece to the forthcoming volume Disability in American Life: an Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies titled “disability, theater, and costume design.”
Thank you for your consideration.
Yours Truly,
Mallory Kay Nelson
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Matthew Wangeman

My name is Matthew Wangeman (Matthew [dot] Wangeman [at] nau [dot] edu) and I am very interested in joining the SDS Board. I have been teaching disability studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona for the past 9 years. The idea to bring disability studies to NAU came from my experience while attending UC Berkeley and being mentored by the great Disability Studies Scholar Devva Kasnitz. I earned a few degrees at CAL and I was in a PhD program in public health. I remember going to my first SDS Conference in Oakland, California back in 1997 and I was in awe with just the overall academic scholarship. However, it was the knowledge I gained from my first SDS conference that I, as someone with a significant disability, could have a part in teaching disability studies and changing how people think about disability. In fact, I was lucky enough to teach the first Disability Studies class at UC Berkeley with Devva Kasnitz and Russell Shuttleworth. To be honest, I don’t consider myself a Disability Studies Scholar like many of the SDS Members, however I am very proud of what we have done at NAU.

In 2000, I moved to Arizona where I became a disability advocate at the state capitol and in late 2004 I was offered a job to work for the Institute for Human Development at NAU. With my experience with disability studies at UC Berkeley, I suggested we develop and implement a Disability Studies Minor on campus. It has been 9 years since we started the DS Minor and I started co-teaching the two face-to-face classes. The Minor has grown from 5 students to over 100 enrolled annually.

Despite the recent issues with SDS, I truly believe this organization has a bright future and we can accomplish great things together. I see SDS as the driving force behind the growth of this amazing field and I want to work with other members to develop a resource within SDS to assist groups at universities who are interested in developing disability studies academic programs. I also think we need to do a better job at capturing the often life changing experience that many of our students report in taking disability studies for the first time. The voices of students are really what universities listen to and students can play a large role advocating for the need of more disability studies academic programs across the world.

As far as what I can bring to the SDS Board, I am very committed in seeing SDS succeed and growing in membership. In addition, I am a very forward thinker in terms of more ways to partner with other like-minded organizations to help us spread out our costs. Further, I am very familiar with looking at budgets and I will be very conscious that we will not over extend ourselves. The bottom line is I just want to do my part in making SDS stronger and ensuring the future growth of Disability Studies around the world!
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Suzanne Stolz

I (sstolz [at] sandiego [dot] edu) fell in love with Disability Studies when I participated in an NEH Institute for K12 teachers, led by David Mitchell, Sharon Snyder, and Linda Ware in 2003. I met scholars, activists, and artists whose work would help me, as a disabled high school English teacher, to develop ways to engage high school students in conversations about disability. As I joined SDS and continued to explore this in graduate school, I began work with a mentoring program for disabled teens in San Diego. We recruited disabled adult mentors and built a network of folks who have continued to support each other long after funding ended.

After completing an Ed.D. at the University of California-San Diego, I worked as curriculum developer and trainer for a local nonprofit focused on improving the skills and attitudes of childcare professionals in serving disabled children. I then began work at the University of San Diego to develop an M.Ed. specialization in Universal Design for Learning for its new online program. After serving as an instructor and administrator for the online program for 4 years, I transitioned last fall to a tenure-track faculty position in Special Education, the very thing I’ve wanted to disassociate from since I was a child. Regardless, I love working with future educators and believe I have an important role in challenging them to question what they’ve come to know about disability. On my campus, I’ve been able to lead UDL and disability studies workshops for faculty. Through collaboration with colleagues at other local institutions, I’ve been able to help organize events, including the Disability, Intersectionality, and State Violence Symposium at UCSD last month.

If chosen as a board member, I bring this experience and an eagerness to collaborate in continuing the work and growing the community of SDS. I have experience in conference planning and in working within limited budgets. I am skilled in building and maintaining professional relationships. As a member of Disability Studies in Education, I would like to continue the work others have done to connect K12 educators to disability studies. I very much want to work on finding ways to sustain the annual conference and to facilitate more ways for connecting virtually and regionally.
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Joanne Woiak

Joanne Woiak (jwoiak [at] uw [dot] edu) The SDS meeting at Ohio State University’s Multiple Perspectives conference last month was exhilarating! I’ve been an SDS member and regular conference attendee since 2007, and I joined the Board at the crisis point three years ago. SDS’s 80-person strong presence in Ohio—two days of joyous greetings, intellectual stimulation, and inevitable exhaustion—proved once again that SDS means community and an academic home for so many of us.

My Ph.D. is in the history of biology and medicine, but I found my home in disability studies around 2006 when I started teaching DS courses part time. Now as the lecturer and assistant director of the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington, I teach the introductory survey course as well as DS courses on eugenics and bioethics, disability history, sex and gender, and popular culture. I’ve published and presented on disability pedagogy, history of disability and eugenics, and reading science fiction through a DS lens. I’m a faculty mentor for UW’s student-run D Center, sit on disability-related committees, and organize symposia and other DS events including fundraising and planning for accessibility.

I have served as SDS Board Secretary and Vice President. Most recently I co-chaired the Program Committee and chaired the heavy lifting organizing SDS @ OSU. I believe that SDS is ready to build on that successful conference collaboration. I would love to see a full in-person SDS conference in the near future. We’ll need to be strategic about our resources, needs, and goals. I also imagine us seeking more opportunities to offer panels and strands at conferences hosted by related organizations, developing regional and virtual conferences, and initiating projects that further utilize our listserv, website, and journal Disability Studies Quarterly.

SDS must also continue to develop strategies for external fundraising and membership outreach to individuals and affinity organizations in the professions, academia, arts, and activism. This year, I co-chaired the Membership Committee, work I’d like to continue. We now have over 10 Disability Studies Program Organizational Members with 75 individual members (mostly students) under that umbrella, leading us to expand membership resources on our website and partner with the DSQ editors to plan online forums for conversations with authors of recent scholarship.

I will promise more SDS member engagement—our 400-plus members are creative and committed. It’s the Board’s responsibility to utilize these human resources as experts and volunteers. I hope to have the opportunity to continue serving on the SDS Board because I’m excited about working together to promote disability studies as a field and a community.

Joanne Woiak
University of Washington Disability Studies Program
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Patrick Devlieger

I (Patrick.Devlieger [at] soc [dot] kuleuven [dot] be) am familiar with SDS and disability studies since the mid-1990s when I was a doctoral and a post-doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1991-1996) and later at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1996-1999), after having worked in African countries in the 1980ies and having become familiar with the disability movement there.

Discovering SDS that time was like finding a home because my own disciplinary background needed a larger framework, and I needed a home for my work that had both a disciplinary and applied orientation. My work in disability studies has continued to be strongly influenced by international work and my perspective as an anthropologist, somewhere in between social science, history, meaning, and biology.

In 1996, I received a grant from NIDDR to organize a conference on the state of the art of disability studies and published since several editions of a book, ‘Rethinking Disability’. In the first edition, 50% of the contributors were anthropologists, the other 50% coming from other disciplines. When I returned to my home country Belgium in 1999, I developed an interest in European perspectives and took up again my interest in African societies, and later even became interested in China.

I was one of the founding members of the ALTER European Society for Disability Research (ESDR), which was partly modeled after SDS; I have organized one of its annual meetings and contribute on a very regular basis to its journal. I would hope that I would be able to connect SDS with ESDR.I am familiar with its fundraising mechanisms, organization of the meetings, and running of the journal.I am also active in the African Network Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AFRINEAD). I am a board member of Child Help Belgium, an NGO that works for children with disabilities in poor resource environments. My work in disability studies continues to be strongly influenced by international work and working as an anthropologist interested in the relation between body-culture-mind-society.

I have known SDS for many years (but less the last few years) and have followed many of its developments. I love its interdisciplinary focus, the participation of social scientists and humanities scholars, its advocacy and activism edge. My own contribution is to be interdisciplinary, both social science and humanities perspective, and to bridge between the local and the global. I wish that SDS could become more a world organization that can attract a global audience. There are a few directions that SDS could go:

  • invest in mentoring doctoral students, through the organization of doctoral workshops, prior to its annual meeting;
  • develop networking opportunities, with disability academic organizations in different parts of the world, and with scholars in the US with a foreign background;
  • organize annual meetings of SDS together with Society for Applied Anthropology meetings;
  • develop Disability Studies Quarterly in a multi-media online academic journal;
  • onnect better with biology, architecture, engineering and its critical side, science and technology studies;
  • represent SDS in European and African academic networks

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Mark Bookman

My name is Mark Bookman (bookman [at] sas [dot] upenn [dot] edu), and I am about to begin my fourth year as a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation examines how attempts to create access for persons with disabilities have structured law, policy, fiction, and film in Japan over the last one hundred years. The project grew out of my personal experience living in Japan as a Fulbright Fellow during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. At that time, I was conducting research into Buddhist philosophy, but quickly realized that I was asking the wrong sorts of questions. Rather than investigating what the monks and nuns around me thought about ‘the body,’ I began to ask why my wheelchair couldn’t fit into their temples. I became curious as to the social, political, economic, and cultural circumstances that led me to visit more than thirty ‘barrier free’ apartments in Tokyo before finding one that could accommodate my bulky American wheelchair. Such questions propelled me into my PhD program at Penn, where I’ve adopted a research itinerary defined by interdisciplinary study and activist implementation.

Since joining Penn in the fall of 2015, I have delivered upwards of twenty conference presentations on various aspects of disability in East Asia at venues across the United States and Canada. I have also participated in webinars on disability and the environment hosted by Syracuse University and the World Institute on Disability and arranged conferences about the history of disability and its study at Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania. This is to say nothing of my involvement with multiple disability studies reading groups on campus (affiliated with the Department of English and the History of Science Department), nor the outreach initiatives that I’ve coordinated as President and Chair for Equity and Access of Penn’s graduate student governments. Perhaps the most influential of those initiatives is the “Accessibility Mapping Project” (AMP), a digital interface for mapping the emergence of physical and social barriers to access on college and university campuses. The AMP uses crowdsourced data to illustrate both existing and desired features of access in real time. It allows students, faculty, staff, and other members of campus communities to come together and collectively redefine what access means by uploading pictures, audio, and text to an open-source and mobile-friendly platform.

As a board member of the Society for Disability Studies, I will use my technical expertise and unique perspective as a disabled scholar working across disciplinary and geographic boundaries to facilitate insightful conversations about the nature and meaning of disability in both local and global contexts. I will strive to expand the reach of our listserv and ensure that our conferences and publications respond to the needs and desires of members coming from diverse backgrounds. Although I have only been a member of the Society for Disability Studies for the past year, I have greatly benefitted from its resources and wish to contribute everything I can to its continued growth and development.

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Franklin K. Wyman

I (chips314 [at] aol [dot]com) have been honored to serve on the SDS Board for several terms (with required years off) for more than a decade. During those years, I have served our organization as Vice President and Treasurer (not at the same time). In the academic arena, I have taught many facets of Disability Studies, including law and policy, history, humanities and have supervised many graduate students' MA theses. As an attorney, I have represented PWDs and their families in matters as diverse as housing discrimination, employment discrimination, public and private benefits, guardianship and specialized estate planning. I believe that my legal training and perspective as an historian have been valuable to SDS. After the wonderful SDS turnout and the excellent presentations at our "strand" at The Ohio State University earlier this month, I am confident that SDS will grow and thrive in the future, although I would caution that continued diligent stewardship will be required. Thank you for considering my candidacy.

In solidarity,
Franklin K. Wyman, Esq., PhD
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Kathy McMahon-Klosterman

As a longtime member of SDS, I (mcmahok [at] miamioh [dot] edu) admire the persistence of the officers in bringing quality conferences to the community. Thank you for the years of work and effort put into planning and organizing. As a retired faculty member, I am able to commit time to the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) as a board member in support of the work done by those who have gone before me, particularly in conference planning.

For years I brought students to the SDS conferences, often having them present papers on their work. It gave students a chance to hear and meet the authors of the books and articles they had been reading in classes. They were able to learn from activists in the field directly. Sami Schalk was among the students I brought one year and she was so enchanted by the Saturday Dance that she wrote a poem about it (published in Disability Studies Quarterly). Setting up mentoring opportunities is a role I would like to take up within SDS.

At Miami University, I developed an academic minor in Disability Studies. For the minor I created and taught four of the first courses: Introduction to Disability Studies; Disability & the Media- Contaminations of Identity; Disability Allies- To Be or Not to Be; and Women & Disability.

I also created a faculty listserv for those teaching or interested in Disability Studies courses. As the Eminent Faculty Scholar for Community Engagement and Service, I encouraged faculty and students to put theory into practice by embedding Action Projects into courses (Service-Learning). This requires students to LISTEN to the needs and wants of the Disability Community and use their knowledge to effect positive change. I have fostered an endowed program at Miami University - The Kate Welling Disability Studies Annual Lecture and recruited visiting faculty for the Kate Welling Distinguished Disability Studies Scholar. Miami University has been fortunate to have had four cohorts of outstanding faculty contribute to the Disability Studies minor through this program.

I have worked for Civil Rights since the 1960’s and I continue to learn of ways to use my able bodied, white privilege in the struggle for equity and justice As a former Special Education teacher and professor, I am keenly aware of the atrocities of the past visited upon people with disabilities. I understand the need to change the focus of “special education” teacher preparation programs to end the ‘fix it or cure it’ medical model and move to progressive, accessible education systems, grounded in critical disability studies.

I have had experience in fundraising with various organizations have served on boards such as The Oxford Community Counseling Center, Oxford Citizens for Peace & Justice and the League of Women and the National Organization for Women. I served on the Board and as President for many years of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We transitioned individuals into their own homes, supported jobs and independence.

I know that SDS needs to fundraise, perhaps find an endowment, and create programming that is both scholarly and broadens our base. I would like to do outreach to and help create SDS programming for both educators and the educators of educators.
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