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Kathie Snow, Author of Disability is Natural

Author of Disability is Natural, Kathie Snow Will Speak in Fremont

June 9 for everyone; June 10 for schools

by Kristi Arlt

April 04, 2011

Author, advocate, trainer and parent of a young adult with a disability, Kathie Snow will present her ground-breaking perspectives on people first language and inclusive practices at a June 9 public presentation and a June 10 educator workshop sponsored through the Early Development Network and Fremont Area Planning Region Team 225.

In her presentations, Snow encourages society to adopt new ways of thinking about disability issues. "Since the way we think drives the way we act, I believe we must begin with a change in our attitudes and perceptions--and the words we use--about individuals with disabilities," Snow writes in her biography.

 

"One out of five Americans has a disability. Like gender, ethnicity and other traits, disability is one of many natural characteristics of being human and doesn't have to be a barrier to a person's success," writes Snow. 

She challenges us to adopt this perspective: a green apple is more like a red apple than different.

 

Snow will speak with the general public from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. June 9 at the Fremont Public School Central Office (130 E 9th Street). This community and family opportunity is free and snacks will be provided. Individuals are asked to register through Angie Stankoski at ESU 7, by calling 402.564.0815 x 1016 or emailing astankos@esu7.org.

Snow will speak with early childhood specialists and educators about inclusive education practices on June 10. Activities at the Fremont Public School Central Office begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Topics will include IDEA and inclusion, characteristics and values of an inclusive school, improved parent/educator partnerships, effective IEPs using activity-based goals, the role of paraeducators, informal assessments and more.  

Participants are awarded continuing education units and inservice hours. The workshop is free to educational professionals within ESU service areas 1,2 and 7. Participants beyond these boundaries will be assessed a $10 registration fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Individuals are asked to register through Angie Stankoski at ESU 7, by calling 402.564.0815 x 1016 or emailing astankos@esu7.org.

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About Kathie Snow:

Since 1991, Snow has presented hundreds of keynotes and workshops at conferences across the United States and Canada for parents of children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, service providers, educators and other professionals. She has also provided technical assistance for disability organizations, human service agencies and educators; coordinated conferences; and developed training curricula.

In addition to her book Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities, Snow is author of the related books 101Reproducible Articles and Apple-Bites: Commonsense Disability Strategies for Everyone.

She is author of the widely-disseminated article "People First Language" and publishes a free E-newsletter from her website www.disabilityisnatural.com. Snow is a 1991 graduate of the first class of Texas Partners in Policymaking, a leadership development program. 

As the parent of a young adult with a disability who is now pursuing a bachelor's degree, Snow combines her earlier career in the media and her experience in the disability arena to "ignite" positive and long-lasting change in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. 

Before becoming a mom, she was a broadcast television writer, produce and director; and a print journalist.

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