Changing perceptions through experience!
Will You Rise to the Challenge?
I believe that when we take the time to leave our comfort zones and step into a way of being that is very different from our own, it opens our perceptions to the experience of others' lives, thus deepening our understanding. That's where true and lasting learning begins. Bryony Grealish
Real Experience matters!
A lifetime of learning and experience makes a difference when it comes to understanding disability and being able to teach it to others.
I was born with a rare genetic condition called Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia. As a result, I have only a pinky finger on each hand with limited dexterity and partial feet. I am one of ten multi-diverse adopted children. My father became a quadriplegic from a car accident when he was twenty. My mother was legally blind in her fifties from complications with diabetes, and one of my sisters has Turner's Syndrome & Cerebral Palsy. Growing up, I was part of the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and competed with students with disabilities across New York State and Ireland.
I graduated from Syracuse University with a professional degree in social work and did eleven years as a social worker in the City of Syracuse, NY. My focus was on the HIV/AIDS community, OPWDD, and child and family service programs in conjunction with the Syracuse City school district and child protective services. I provided direct support, goal planning and implementation, counseling, emergency services, student behavioral interventions, disability, advocacy, and mental health support.
Disability has been my life, both personally and professionally.
"The No Thumbs Workshop has granted me invaluable opportunity to gain insight through experience. It is a testament to the adaptability we all have within us and that we should never let something hold us back from doing what we love."
Connor Copeland: Lemoyne College Occupational Therapy Program Graduate Student
What People are Saying