Charting the Way Forward
Strengthening Disability Awareness and Advocacy within the African American Community
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- Event Title: Charting the Way Forward: Strengthening Disability Awareness and Advocacy within the African American Community
- Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024
- Time: 11:00am-2:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)/ Virtual Doors Open at 11:00am EST/ Event Starts at 11:30am EST
- Location: Zoom
- Duration: 3 hours
- Event Description: Panel discussions featuring veteran Black advocates with life experience from diverse range of disabilities discussing the need for Black leaders to help fight for better outcomes for everyone.
Patrick Cokley, Senior Program Officer, Equity and Social Justice Partnerships at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Christopher Johnson, CEO of Creative Minds, Gallaudet University Project Manager, Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Adjunct Professor at Howard Community College
Tameka Citchen-Spruce, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, LEAD Co-Director, Owner of Living Unapologetically Media LLC.
Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, Lieutenant Governor of New York State
Stefani L. Zinerman, New York State Assemblymember Representing the 56th District (Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights)
Sherman Gillums, Jr., U.S. Marine Officer (retired)
Congressman Jamaal Bowman, U.S. Representative for New York's 16th Congressional District
Usherla DeBerry, Acting Director of the Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Dr. Edward O. Manyibe, Langston University, Research Director at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities
Melissa Navarro, Community Manager for Foundation Fighting Blindness
In Kind Promotional Supporters
- Gallaudet University Center for Black Deaf Studies
- NAACP Arlington Branch
- National Black Deaf Advocates NYC Chapter
- National Black Deaf Advocates DC Chapter
- National Alliance of Black Interpreters: The District of Columbia Chapter
- Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- The Valuable 500
- Disability Rights Arizona
- Insightful Visionaries
- Lighthouse Guild
- AccessAbility Officer
- Women on Wheels New York
- For the Good of the People
- New York City Board of Elections will have ballot marking devices onsite to try out.
- Foundation Fighting Blindness
- Tiffany Markey-Jacobs
- Elif Erbuga
- Talia Harris
- Christopher Bonner
- Bonnie Wekesa
Accessibility Companies for Event
- Real time captioning in English and Spanish provided by Temeku Professional Services (Woman Owned/African American Owned/Disabled Veteran Owned)
- American Sign Language (ASL), Tactile ASL (TASL) services provided by Natural Languages
Accessibility Support at Event
- American Sign Language (ASL) and Tactile ASL (TASL) interpretation
- -Captioning provided in Real Time in English and Spanish by Temeku Professional Services. Captions are available in Spanish only via the third party link and English is available in Zoom and the third party link.
- Please email Marc at email@example.com or Jourdan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need alternative accommodations, e.g. Protactile (PT), Braille or Large Print programs, etc.
- Event Organizers: Marc Safman, CEO of Safman Consulting and Jourdan Saunders, CEO of The Resource Key
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Marc Safman, CEO of Safman Consulting
Marc Safman has lived with deafblindness since 1986. Marc has spent his entire career improvising communication solutions. After graduating from Knox College, Galesburg, IL with a desire to go to law school, he worked on litigation projects and residential real estate. After working on copper trading related litigation, he became interested in Know Your Customer and derivatives documentation. At the end of 2003 he earned a diploma from New York University's Paralegal Studies program. He started focusing on regulatory and compliance issues. He has worked as full-time permanent or consultant roles in anti-money laundering projects with several global and regional financial institutions. Marc is an avid networker. Until the technology meaningfully improved in 2016, pen and paper were primary tools for interacting with people. He is a subject matter expert about the interactive process, reasonable accommodations that provide Meaningful Access to Effective Communication. He started Safman Consulting because businesses, organizations, networking groups of all sizes still do not understand how to conduct an effective interactive process, hold accessible events, or engage disabled communities.
Jourdan Saunders, CEO of The Resource Key
Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for over 11 years using her expertise as the CEO of The Resource Key which promotes inclusion and accessibility in digital marketing to ensure people with disabilities and older adults are included. She was awarded LinkedIn Top Voices 2020: Equity in the Workplace, established one of the first resource websites for students interested in the field of Speech Language Pathology which has received recognition worldwide, owner of one of the largest SLP resources groups on LinkedIn with over 20,000 members, and selected as top 100 Speech Language Pathologists impacting the field.