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"Understanding (Dis)ability: Moving Toward a More Aware and Inclusive Community for All:" February 8



Glencoe Council for Inclusion and Community Town Hall: February 8

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The Glencoe Council for Inclusion and Community is excited to present a Town Hall panel discussion on Understanding (Dis)ability: Moving Toward a More Aware and Inclusive Community for All.

Panelists will share both their professional and personal expertise, help us navigate and rethink our definitions of disability, and help our community build a greater awareness around what it means to be a Village that invites inclusion for all.

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Zoom – to register, visit https://us06web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_U6vFUQvnSlao1v5lr3JAfA

Panelists include:

Dani Chitwood (Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago) – Dani will explore what disability is – what it looks like and feels like, and who it impacts, and she will provide a glimpse into the understanding of what disability is and its impact on macro and micro levels.

Dani holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois and is currently a doctoral candidate for a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. Dani’s career has focused on disability and she previously served as the Director of Community Engagement and DEI Chair for Special Olympics Illinois.

Damian Buchman (Founder and Executive Director, The Ability Center) – Damian will share his personal experience as a survivor of childhood cancer and explore the concept that we are all temporarily able-bodied.

Damian is an inclusive recreation pioneer and the vision behind the RampUp movement. He is a leader in adaptive recreation and community inclusion in Wisconsin. His childhood experiences have been the driving force behind his life’s mission – making sure that everybody can play together!

Emily Mysel, LCSW (Senior Program Manager, Family Service of Glencoe) – Emily will present on dementia, a group of symptoms that interferes with memory, thinking and activities of daily living. Emily will discuss how the disease can impact an individual’s ability to navigate the world in which they live and how individuals living with dementia navigate in their community, along with the journey of aging as it relates to accessibility and inclusivity.

Emily holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Illinois at Chicago-Jane Addams College of Social Work, with a concentration in community health and urban development. Her clinical expertise includes educating clients and their families on the complexities of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and providing support and referrals throughout their aging journey.

Moderator: Amber Bond, LCSW (Clinical Director, Family Service of Glencoe) - Amber has worked in the mental health field since 2006 as a leader and an outpatient clinical mental health counselor. She has training and experience working with children, adolescents and families, and holds a Perinatal Mental Heath Certification. She is engaged in cultural humility practice and is passionate about supporting clients from diverse backgrounds. Clinically, Amber uses a strength-based approach, working alongside clients and clinicians to remove barriers to personal growth and development.