Disability Summit 2017 Speakers

Maya Aguilar

Associate Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy
American University

Using ICTs to Enhance the Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Global Governance
10:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Ms Maya Aguilar is Associate Director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy.

Joseph Aldinger

Visiting Assistant Professor
Lynchburg College

Teaching Disability Theory to Undergraduates Through The Spatial Humanities - 1:20PM, Charles Carroll Room

Joseph M. M. Aldinger is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lynchburg College. His work on disability studies appears in a special issue “On Disability” that he co-edited for the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. He has presented his work on early modern anatomies of melancholy at The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Society and Conference. He has also published on literary theory in Derrida’s Divisible Legacy and on the digital humanities in a forthcoming essay “Deep Maps: A Digital Blueprint for Teaching Community Engagement” in the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. His work on anatomies of melancholy has been generously supported by the Folger Institute.

Lauren Appelbaum

Communications Director, RespectAbility

How Hollywood Can and Will Help Marylanders with Disabilities - 1:20PM, Colony Ballroom

Dirksen Bauman

Professor, Deaf Studies
Gallaudet University

Deaf and Disability Coalitions During Political Upheaval: Reconfiguring Access and Inclusion - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Dirksen Bauman is Professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University where he serves as Department Chair. He is the co-editor of the book/DVD project, Signing the Body Poetic: Essays in American Sign Language (U of California P, 2006); editor of Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking (U of Minnesota P, 2008); co-editor of Deaf-Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity (U of Minnesota P, 2014) and co-author of Transformative Conversations: Mentoring Communities among Colleagues in Higher Education (Jossey Bass, 2013).

Capria Berry

House Advisor, Vassar College

Supporting College Students with Disabilities in the Age of Trump - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Capria Berry works in the Office of Residential Life at Vassar College as a House Advisor.

Patrick Boudreault

Associate Professor, Interpretation and Translation
Gallaudet University

Deaf and Disability Coalitions During Political Upheaval: Reconfiguring Access and Inclusion - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Patrick Boudreault is Associate Professor in the Department of Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University. He has been involved in sign language teaching, interpreting and translation, and Deaf Studies for more than 20 years in both Canada and the United States. He has received substantial funding from the NIH for Deaf Genetics Projects with Dr. Christina Palmer of UCLA to investigate the impact of genetic testing and genetic counseling for deaf genes on the Deaf community in California, and is the co- editor of The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia with Dr. Genie Gertz.

Derrick Cogburn

Associate Professor, School of International Service
Founding Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy
American University

Using ICTs to Enhance the Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Global Governance
10:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Dr Derrick L. Cogburn is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and the Founding Executive Director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy.

Eric Cole

Hospital Administrator
NIH Clinical Center

Preparing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities for Paid Employment - 11:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

Eric Cole is the chief of the NIH Clinical Center's Office of Administrative Management. He founded the non-profit Dandy-Walker Alliance, Inc. in 2006 after his son was born with the congenital brain defect. Board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executive Fellow, Eric participates in numerous national organizations and committees. In 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to a two-year term on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Martin O'Malley to a five-year term on Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Council. He was reappointed to a second term by Governor O'Malley in 2013 and currently serves as the Council Chairman. Eric graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics in 1996 and a Master of Science in Information Assurance in 2006. He lives with his wife, Andrea, and their son, Ryan, in Kensington, Maryland.

Keren Dali

Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta, Canada

There is no pill for an unkind heart: The “duty to accommodate” and limitations of policy in academic settings - 10:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

Keren’s research interests include information literacy and leisure practices in immigrant communities; cross-pollination between LIS and Social Work; diversity at the workplace; and the role of humanistic approaches in community relationship building and higher education. She holds awards of excellence in teaching and research and has received research funding from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada and the American Library Association.

Elizabeth Diflo

Masters Student, Deaf Studies
Gallaudet University

Deaf and Disability Coalitions During Political Upheaval: Reconfiguring Access and Inclusion - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Elizabeth Diflo received her undergraduate education in Neuroscience and Women's Studies at Wellesley College, and is now pursuing her MA in Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. Her work examines the impact of audism on deaf quality of life and its contribution to health disparities.

Amy Dwyre D'Agati

Technical Assistance Specialist
University of Maryland

Post-secondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 11:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

Nancy Forsythe

Career Development Specialist, University Career Center
University of Maryland

Post-secondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 11:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

EmployABILITY at UMCP - 3:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Adrián Forsythe Korzeniewicz

Advocacy Program Assistant
National Down Syndrome Society

Post-secondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 11:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

Karina Hagelin

Masters Student
University of Maryland

Gossip as a Site of Resistance - 11:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Karina Hagelin is a current graduate student at University of Maryland, pursuing a masters' degree in Library and Information Science with a certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture. They are a a 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute alumni, the current president of iDiversity, and a community organizer. Karina works for University of Maryland Libraries in the Digital Systems and Stewardship department.

Luanjiao Aggie Hu

Doctoral Student, College of Education
University of Maryland

A Phenomenological Study: Lived Experience of Having a Physical Disability - 11:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Luanjiao Aggie Hu is a second-year doctoral student in the International Education Policy Program at UMD. She has research interests in disability studies in education, international education, and higher education.

Gagan Jindal

Doctoral Student, College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

Shame, Blame, and Stigma: The Experiences of People with Type 2 Diabetes - 1:20PM, Colony Ballroom

Gagan Jindal is a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She completed her Master of Public Health with a focus on Global and Community Health at George Mason University. Her research interests include information seeking behaviors of patients managing chronic disease, consumer health informatics, and user research. Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies, the Assistant Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Her research aims to improve people's long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors.

Sue Johnston

Instructional Designer, DIT Learning Technology Design

Tips for Creating Accessible Documents - 3:10PM Charles Carroll Room

Sue Johnston is an Instructional Designer with the Learning Technology Design team within the UMD Division of Information Technology. She helps faculty design their online course content to be accessible and inclusive, through individual consultations and workshops. She recently returned from a UMD Global Partnerships grant funded visit to the University of Edinburgh, where she shared best practices in accessible and inclusive learning with the Institute for Academic Development.

Kaj Kraus

Masters Student, Deaf Studies
Gallaudet University

Deaf and Disability Coalitions During Political Upheaval: Reconfiguring Access and Inclusion - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Kaj Kraus is an MA student in Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University and holds a BA in Individualized Study with a concentration in Cultural Studies from New York University. Upon completion of his MA, he will pursue a PhD in Linguistics at Gallaudet University. His work examines deaf embodiment in relation to cultural discourses and sign language competence.

Amy McLaughlin

Department of Sociology
University of Maryland

EmployABILITY at UMCP - 3:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Jennifer Mizrahi

President, RespectAbility

How Hollywood Can and Will Help Marylanders with Disabilities - 1:20PM, Colony Ballroom

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is the president of www.RespectAbilityUSA.org, a nonprofit fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. She is a regular columnist with The Mighty, Huffington Post, Times of Israel and other publications on disability issues. She has been interviewed on disability issues on page 1 of The New York Times, Washington Post, on the PBS Newshour and other media outlets. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities.

Matthew Mueller

Moorhead Academic Coach, Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity
Vassar College

Supporting College Students with Disabilities in the Age of Trump - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Matthew Mueller is the Moorhead Academic Coach at Vassar College's Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity.

Jessica Murgel

Adjunct Professor, Deaf Studies
Gallaudet University

Deaf and Disability Coalitions During Political Upheaval: Reconfiguring Access and Inclusion - 2:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Jessica Murgel is an Adjunct Professor in Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. She received her BA in Philosophy and History from American University, and her MA in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University. Her work focuses on the intersection of postcolonialism, deaf people, and textuality.

Daune O'Brien

Lecturer, University of Maryland

Advocating for Diverse Audience: Bringing disabilities studies to the Technical Writing Classroom - 1:20PM, Charles Carroll Room

Daune O’Brien earned a M.A. in English Language and Literature with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches Technical and Business Writing. Her research interests include disability and activism rhetoric, participatory design theory, and feminist studies. Her current research examines rhetorical accessibility and participatory design within the Special Education and IEP Process.

Philip Pauli

Policy Director, RespectAbility

How WIOA Opened the Workforce System for People with Disabilities - 3:10PM, Colony Ballroom

Philip Pauli is the Policy and Practices Director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. He works on education and advocacy efforts surrounding the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Philip holds a Master’s in Social Policy and Philosophy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s with University Honors from the University of Denver. He is deeply committed to helping build a better future for people with disabilities, advancing policies to bring them closer to the American Dream. You can reach him at PhilipP@RespectAbilityUSA.org.

Erin Spaniol

Senior Research Associate, Institute on Disability and Public Policy
American University

Using ICTs to Enhance the Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Global Governance
10:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Ms Erin Spaniol is senior research associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy, where she serves as Program Manager of IDPP's Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Collaboratory project.

Beth St. Jean

Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

Shame, Blame, and Stigma: The Experiences of People with Type 2 Diabetes - 1:20PM, Colony Ballroom

Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies, the Assistant Director of the Information Policy and Access Center, and an affiliate faculty member of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Her research aims to improve people's long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors.

Ebony Terrell Shockley

Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Education
University of Maryland College Park

Preparing Educators for Exceptional Learners - 10:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley is a former STEM educator and school district administrator of a culturally and linguistically diverse population. Currently she is an Assistant Clinical Professor, the Director of the Master's Certification Program, and the Director of the Office of Teacher and Leader Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. She is also the College of Education's Diversity Officer. Ebony is a counternarrativist who researches issues in education from a critical theory and social justice perspective.

Filippo Trevisan

Assistant Professor, School of Communication
Deputy Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy
American University

Using ICTs to Enhance the Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Global Governance
10:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Crowd-sourcing the Disability Resistance
10:10AM, Colony Ballroom

Dr Filippo Trevisan is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Deputy Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University. His research focuses primarily on online advocacy, activism, and political communication. He is the author of Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice, Empowerment and Global Connectivity (Routledge, 2017). He blogs at www.filippotrevisan.net and you can follow him on Twitter @filipporevisan.

David Wizer

Professor, Towson University

Post-secondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 11:10AM, Charles Carroll Room

Heather Zimmerman

Doctoral Student, Gallaudet University

Pathways to Resilience: Perspectives from the Guamanian Sign Language Community - 3:10PM Charles Carroll Room

Zimmerman is local to Micronesia, and currently a transplant in Washington, D.C. As an adjunct instructor at Gallaudet University and an international development worker, she has the privilege of teaching, mentoring, and working around the world to a variety of audiences. Her research focuses on how deaf people navigate and negotiate resilience across cultures. Zimmerman strives to be a transformative change agent by employing the following skills and experiences in creative and culturally responsive ways.

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