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Earning a Minor in Disabilities Studies

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A recent census revealed 53 million United States citizens have a disability. Thankfully, schools such as NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development offers a minor in Disability Studies.

My Concern

Although I am happy to hear of the program, I a concerned the majority of people who enroll in the Disability Studies program are the people who have, or interact who those who have, disabilities. It would be nice to know people who currently do not routinely interact with those who have a disability are also taking classes in Disability Studies.


What could be done to increase global awareness of, and passion for, issues that impact people with disabilities and those who interact with people who have disabilities?

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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.