Eastern Michigan University Student Center 900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The Delores Soderquist Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship and Research and EMU Brehm Alumni Association
About the Conference
The Delores Soderquist Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship and Research at Eastern Michigan University is dedicated to creating transformational research and the next generation of leaders in special education. The scholars' at the Brehm Center research explores best and emerging practices in special education. An annual presentation occurs at the Brehm Symposium where each scholar presents their year's work. For the first time in 2013, this annual symposium is expanded into a full day conference at the EMU Student Center hosted by The Delores Soderquist Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship and Research and EMU Brehm Alumni Association.
The conference will take place at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, November 9th, 2013. Presenters include university students, faculty, and community members who are doing innovative research and work aimed at building inclusive societies. The goal of the conference is to generate conversations about how we can build societies that are inclusive of all. Please review the call for papers for more information about this event.
Schedule8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Presentations Poster Sessions12:00-2:00 p.m. Keynote Panel:Inclusive Societies in Action Moderated by Dr. Eleanor WhiteDirector of the Office of Special Education for the Michigan Department of EducationLunch Provided2:15-5:00 p.m.Brehm Scholars Symposium Presentations
Keynote Panel: Inclusive Societies in Action
Moderated by Dr. Eleanor White, Director of the Office of Special Education for the State of Michigan
Becky Ralls: Ralls is a Teacher/Transition Specialist at Stadium Transition Services for Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Ralls has served young adult students and their families for over 33 years, providing transition training, education and support. She has recently completed her master’s studies in educational leadership at Eastern Michigan University. John Rose: Rose is a teacher consultant for Washtenaw Intermediate School District, currently serving county highs school’s transitional needs. He is also serving as a blended MRS/WISD staff. John has been instrumental in creating collaborative positive relationships and programming for students with disabilities at Eastern Michigan University and throughout the county. James Kleimola: Kleimola is a young adult student with the Ypsilanti Transition Services. He serves on the board of directors for EMU Best Buddies. Along with his involvement in a number of organizations, he speaks out for self-determination, empowerment and respect. Deon Chaneyfield: Chaneyfield is a student with the Ypsilanti Transition Services. He works two part time jobs and is a member of the EMU Best Buddies Organization. He advocates for inclusion and has recently been featured in the Eastern Echo, speaking out for acceptance and respect.Megan Hoorn: Hoorn is a junior at Eastern Michigan University studying speech-language pathology with a minor in human biology and human sexuality. She is also involved on campus as the College Buddy Director for an organization called Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an international non-profit organizations that seeks to create opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through quality one-to-one friendships, employment opportunities, and leadership development. On campus at Eastern, Best Buddies works to create friendships between college students and young adults with IDD. Some of the activities that we do include bowling, attending basketball games, our annual ball and a Friendship Walk. She has been matched with two different buddies since her Freshman year, Adrian and Jesse, they are both great friends, not to mention all of the other wonderful friends she has made through this program.
Brehm Scholarship Info: http://www.emich.edu/brehm/scholarship.html