07 Oct 2009

Recently, I’ve been engaged with Ball State University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs as a Distinguished Fellow. Part of my work will include a course in public policy that will address and identify the obstacles people with disabilities face as they seek employment. I’ll also be providing students with guest lectures and offering workshops for disability policy throughout Indiana. Additionally, we’ll help educate policymakers on how to build inclusive strategies into their communities.

The fellowship is funded by a grant from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. The division’s director is Pete Bisbecos, who is determined to address the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from contributing to our economy.

Working with Ball State on an initiative that empowers people with disabilities is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and I’m very appreciative of our state’s dedication to increasing the economic prospects for our disabled population. I’m also appreciative of Ball State’s visionary leaders for supporting not just this project, but the Bowen Center and its excellent team of public servants.

For generations, Ball State has always demonstrated a strong commitment to people with disabilities. With this fellowship, we now have the potential to have a lasting impact on the lives of countless people who are ready and determined to contribute their time and talents to grow Indiana’s economy.

I look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the academic year.


  1. Sara says:

    That sounds great! College students rarely get any education about disabilities and ADA. At ISU , students that were majoring in K-12 education had one class on special education, and that was it. No disability awareness training whatsoever.

    On that note, I'm curious to know if you'd be interested in presenting on such a topic at the July 29/30 INDATA (Indiana Assistive Technology Act) conference. It brings in about 500 parents, students, teachers, business professionals and case managers who have a wide range of knowledge about assistive technology. If you're interested, please email me at scroft@eastersealscrossroads.org and I can get you the paperwork.

    Also, check out our blog for lots of info about assistive tech at http://blog.eastersealstech.com. Hope to hear from you soon!

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