Are you awkward or uncomfortable interacting with someone with a disability? Have you misjudged someone’s talent without even knowing it? Join our interactive session to learn practical steps to confidently and comfortably interact with people with disabilities and challenge misinformed assumptions.

 

Alex Tabony, Executive Director, Computer Technologies Program

Alex has worked at the Computer Technologies Program since 1999, helping to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Over the years as an instructor he has been responsible for developing and refining training programs that are aligned with available employment opportunities while remaining appropriate for the clients who rely on CTP’s services. In operations and as director, Alex ensures that the organization runs smoothly and efficiently in a challenging financial environment.

Alex has a BSc Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is an approved post-secondary instructor in the State of California. He serves on the ED Roberts Campus board of directors.

Brittany Déjean, Founder and Executive Director, AbleThrive

Brittany Déjean is founder and executive director of AbleThrive, a social enterprise featuring a one-stop platform of curated resources for living well with a disability and an inclusion consultancy service. Brittany’s dad was paralyzed in a car accident when she was 12 years old and she saw first hand that it’s possible to live well with a disability and has dedicated her life to spreading that message and building bridges between people with and without disabilities to foster inclusion. A 2008 Harvard University graduate, Brittany also worked with disability communities in 5 countries, giving her a sense of the common issues across geographic areas. Brittany specializes in removing the fear and discomfort that are barriers to inclusion and focuses on how to engage with people with disabilities as human beings.

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