Motivated, passionate disability rights advocate seeks entrance to a graduate program for an M.A. in Disability Studies. Background includes successful disability rights activism, an accomplished public speaking career, and extensive varied experience in both military and community volunteer positions. Possesses excellent communication skills and is driven, reliable, and intellectually curious.
Disability Rights Advocacy and Activism: Responsible for successful completion of countless projects in 4 states involving improved accessibility for people with disabilities and inclusion. Examples are: addition of ramps, accessible parking spaces, curb cuts, ADA compliant bathroom features, improved sidewalks, and power assisted doors. Have worked with business owners and the U.S. military, improving ADA compliance.
Miss Wheelchair Missouri 2001: Selected from a pool of candidates to serve the community as a representative for Missourians with disabilities. By volunteering and getting to know many people with disabilities, gained tremendous confidence as a person with a newly acquired disability and realized the vast potential of persons with disabilities when attitudinal and physical barriers are removed.
Dr. Mary E. Walker Award, 2013
Commander's Award for Public Service, 2012
Iron Mike Award for Volunteerism, 2012
Delivered over 300 presentations to approximately 140,000 service members about various driving safety topics. Delivered speeches to 11 audiences on disability related topics such as the history of the disability rights movement, disability rights laws, and diversity as it pertains to the experience of disability.
Booked and changed travel itineraries for corporate travelers, working with the air, rail, hotel, limo and transportation industries. Promoted in 2003 to Senior Agent of Emergency Services: solved various travel conflicts for over 200 accounts while working daily in 4 computer languages; problem solving skills developed.
Delivered speeches to over 170,000 students, ages 5-18, for the Kansas City chapter of a national brain and spinal cord injury prevention foundation. Educated students on several safety topics and disability awareness. Public speaking skills developed to an advanced level.
Presented on disability related topics to many church groups, schools, and civic organizations: 2005-2014
Americorp, Richmond, VA 2012
National Army Safety Conference, Montgomery, AL 2012
National Army Safety Conference, Panama City, FL 2011
Working 2 Walk Symposium, Washington D.C. 2011
Army Senior Leadership Conference, Southern Pines, NC, 2008
Address to Fayetteville, NC City Council: Plea for ADA Coordinator, 2008
Traveled Internationally: China, Singapore, France, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti, Grand Cayman, The Bahamas, The U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Australia
82nd Airborne Division Wounded Warrior's Committee, United States Army
Fort Bragg, NC
Family Readiness Group, United States Army
Fort Bragg, NC
307th Brigade Support Battalion Advisor, 2010-2012
Spinal Cord Injury Association of Virginia
Peer Mentor, 2008-2010
Fayetteville/Cumberland Council for Persons with Disabilities
Active Member and Volunteer, 2006-2008; 2010-2013
The Whole Person Center for Independent Living
Kansas City, MO
Board Member, 2002-2005
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