Three-part series aims to uplift the individuality and humanity of children with special needs and disabilities

“Celebrating Identity Beyond Diagnosis: Recognition & Representation of Children on Rare Medical Journeys,” a three-part series, will give voice to children with special needs and disabilities on Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26.

Local, global and youth perspectives will be addressed during three webinars:

“Building Trust Through Representation: At the Intersection of Disability, Race and Parenting” 

Thursday, March 25

Noon-1 p.m.

Join a discussion with Nikki Montgomery, Salina Miller and Patricia Parker, the authors of We Dare Be Brave: African American moms and the emotional journey of raising children with disabilities. 

“Recognizing Beauty in Difference”

Thursday, March 25

6–7:30 p.m.

In this keynote address, photographer Rick Guidotti, founder of Positive Exposure, will discuss FRAME: Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education, which emphasizes respect for the individuality and humanity of patients.

“In Our Own Words: PEARLS Ambassadors & Youth Advocacy 

Friday, March 26

1–2 p.m.

Panel of youth ambassadors will discuss their activism and their work to change people's perspectives.

The series is presented as part of the 2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival. The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the CWRU Office for Disabilities Resources are co-sponsors. All events are free and open to the community, and will be presented virtually. 

Learn more about the series and how to register for the webinars.