MDA Hosting Four Webinars in August Aimed at Young Adults

Expert information about higher education, living independently at college and employment is available in upcoming MDA webinars for young adults with neuromuscular diseases

Article Highlights:
  • MDA’s free public webinar series allows participants to engage with experts in real time; webinars also are archived on MDA’s site for future reference.
  • August 2012 webinars offer tips for people with disabilities who want to move into the workforce; information about attending community college and distance education classes; and strategies for navigating the unique challenges of physical disability while living independently at college.
by Christina Medvescek on August 7, 2012 - 9:15am

Update (Aug. 22, 2012)  Links have been added to the archived versions of each webinar.

MDA’s public webinar series has a host of offerings in August for young adults with neuromuscular diseases who are interested in higher education and employment.

Participation in the webinars is free and open to all, and offers opportunities to ask questions of an array of expert panelists. All MDA webinars are archived on the MDA Transitions Center website, under the “Resources” tab.

Ramping Up for Success: Moving into the Workforce, Part 1

Presented Aug. 1, this webinar is full of specific tips for getting hired, it features two panelists with expertise in helping people with disabilities find permanent gainful employment:

  • Dot Kret, president and founder of DK Advocates, Tucson, Ariz.; and
  • Paul Hippolitus, director of the Disabled Students’ Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Going the Distance: Community College and Distance Education

This education webinar will be presented Friday, Aug. 10, at 12 p.m. Eastern time (9 a.m. Pacific time).  Expert panelists include:

  • Jason Abramowitz, a member of MDA’s Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community and a community college veteran;
  • Lori Hockley, Dean of Students and Academic Success, and Acting Dean of Academic Affairs at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; and
  • Robert Todd, senior research scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access.

To participate, log in to this event online. The event password is mdawebex2012; the call-in number is (650) 429-3300 (long distance rates apply), and the event number is 667 136 490.

Riding Solo: Living Independently in College with a Neuromuscular Disease

Presented Friday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. Eastern time (11 a.m. Pacific time), this webinar offers tips for successfully living in campus housing. Expert panelists include:

  • Ben Cumbo, a member of MDA’s DMD community and former MDA National Goodwill Ambassador who is pursuing a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at George Washington University in Upper Marlboro, Md.; and
  • Scott Hatley, also a member of MDA’s DMD community, and director of development and community relations at Incight, an organization he co-founded based in Portland, Ore., that seeks to “empower people with disabilities to become contributing members of society.”

To participate, log in to this event online. The event password is mdawebex2012, the call-in number is (650) 429-3300 (long distance rates apply), and the event number is 664 449 623.

We’re on a Roll: Moving into the Workforce, Part 2

This webinar will be presented Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. Eastern time (11 a.m. Pacific time). It will focus on reasonable accommodations, having an aide at work, an employee’s legal rights in the workplace and dealing with workplace discrimination.

Panelists include:

To participate, log in to this event online. The event password is mdawebex2012, the call-in number is (650) 429-3300 (long distance rates apply), and the event number is 665 504 806.

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