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National Disabilities Employment Awareness
"Walking the Talk ... Well, Kind Of ..."
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Crawley Forum, 7:30 pm
October was designated by Congress in 1988 to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Intercultural Affairs is pleased to announce this year's featured speaker, motivational humorist Michael Aronin. As a physically challenged nationally acclaimed speaker, Michael teaches his audiences how to get past personal shortcomings and move forward productively in their careers. Being both a comedian and motivational speaker, he is able to make this difficult topic both entertaining and enlightening.
Although few people ever voice their apprehensions about working with disabled staff members, feelings of uncertainty often exist. To get rid of this hidden problem, Michael has developed a sequence of steps that provides sound advice on how to work together. Throughout this talk, people with and without disabilities will explore ways to create a comfortable and productive work environment. As a result, a great mutual respect and a whole new level of productive cooperation are achieved.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, he now educates students and teachers nationwide about mastering the art of rising above to achieve one's dream in life. Having been mainstreamed from kindergarten on, Michael now shares his valuable insights to help students understand the day-to-day challenges one with an obvious disability faces. By teaching students and faculty how to control their own destinies, Michael proves that people can overcome challenging times.