If someone uses a wheelchair, or is visually impaired, it can be easier to understand the difficulties they might face and to support them. For those individuals with hidden disabilities, it’s often a different story. People might not spot the challenges they are experiencing and may find it hard to comprehend or believe someone with a “hidden” impairment genuinely needs help.
Learn about some of the hidden disabilities you may encounter during your events, including Long COVID. You will be offered strategies that you can employ to ensure you are providing an inclusive program with suitable accommodations for all your audience members.
Laura Jean Checki is the President and Director of Disability Programming at Interstellar Inspirations, LLC. She is a Science Education and Public Outreach Specialist and an effective Motivational Speaker. Laura is currently an Environmental Specialist of Educational Programs for the Department of Health for the County of Bergen. She is an avid volunteer and focuses her volunteer efforts on NASA, the American Museum of Natural History, mentoring students, accommodating those with disabilities, supporting veterans, transporting and rescuing wildlife, and exposing the wonders of science to everyone she meets.
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Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)
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