Air Travel with a Disability: Your Rights, Best Practices, and Suggestions
September 18, 2018, EST @ 12:00 pm, EST - 1:00 pm, EST
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Anjali Forber-Pratt, PhD
Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. Her research agenda adopts a social-ecological framework and looks at issues surrounding identity, equity and empowerment through methodology for individuals who are different in some way, with a large focus on disability. She completed her degrees the University of Illinois.
Outside of the academy, Dr. Forber-Pratt was also a member of Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. As a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to helping others recognize their potential. Dr. Forber-Pratt acquired transverse myelitis as an infant. She helps to develop and further Paralympic sport in developing nations and is actively involved in the world of disability sport across the United States. Dr. Forber-Pratt co-authored an educational kids’ coloring book about disabled sports titled, “Color Learn & Play: All About Sports for Athletes with Physical Disabilities”.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has also recognized her leadership abilities by awarding her the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. Dr. Forber-Pratt has appeared on several television programs and radio shows including: NPR; The Stream; and Sesame Street; and has been quoted in the national print press, including The Boston Globe, New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World. She was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in 2013 and had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about disability policy issues.
Kimberly Beer serves as Director, Public Policy for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. As Director, Beer assists in advancing Reeve’s legislative and advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, focusing on increasing awareness about paralysis, increasing federal funding for the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) and ensuring access to care for those impacted by paralysis. Prior to joining the Reeve Foundation, Beer served as Director of Public Policy at Susan G. Komen, Director, Advocacy at the Arthritis Foundation and Assistant Director of Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She also worked as Senior Legislative Assistant for Governor Pedro Rosselló, of Puerto Rico, and as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Luis G. Fortuño (PR). Beer received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Spanish from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University’s Professional School of Psychology and completed two post-graduate Certificate Programs at the Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling and Counseling At Risk Youth.
Bernadette Mauro has worked for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation since the inception of the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) in 2002. Bernadette manages the Reeve Foundation’s Information Specialists who are the pulse of the PRC. As the Director of Information and Resources, she and the Information Specialists address the needs of individuals living with paralysis, their family members, and their caregivers and provide individualized support by helping them navigate the vast amount of information and services available to them. Bernadette pulls from her many years of experience and expertise to devise personalized plans and approaches to getting individuals living with paralysis back into their communities and a place of well-being. Through her experience in private case management, and information and referral work, she is skilled in identifying consumer needs within the paralysis community. Bernadette spearheads the content development for the PRC’s patient education materials and the website, along with managing the Military and Veterans Program and its Advisory Council.
Bernadette has worked in collaboration with a number of non-profits and patient education groups in order to meet the needs of the patient. Bernadette sits on the board of the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. She is on an advisory committee to create a new pressure sore/ulcer protocol at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bernadette also serves on several travel-related committees with RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. She also moderates paralysis-based online chat rooms and serves as a volunteer peer mentor in the paralysis community.
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