Dialogue with the Experts
Double Discrimination: Connecting Gender and Disability
For the next in WEEA's quarterly series of topical discussions,
Harilyn Rousso, Executive Director of Disabilities Unlimited
Consulting Services and Dr. Thomas Hehir,EDC Distinguished Scholar,
and former Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the
U.S. Department of Education, will lead a thought provoking e-mail
discussion on the intersection of gender and disability in education.
The discussion will take place from October 18 to October 21, 1999.
Harilyn Rousso is Executive Director of Disabilities Unlimited
Consulting Services, an organization that provides consultation,
education, training and action-oriented research on disability equity
issues to promote equal opportunity and empowerment for people with
disabilities. Ms. Rousso is an educator, social worker,
psychotherapist and advocate who has worked in the disability rights
field, with a particular emphasis on issues of women and girls with
disabilities, for more than fifteen years.
Thomas Hehir has recently joined the Education Development Center as
EDC's first "Distinguished Scholar." Dr. Hehir has served as the
Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S.
Department of Education, which sets national policy and allocates
millions of dollars per year to improve research and practice for
students with disabilities. During his six-year tenure, he helped
steer the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through
Congress, craft the Department's regulations, and disseminate
information about policy and best practice to state and local leaders,
practitioners, parents, and individuals with disabilities across the
country. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as
the Associate Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services in the
Chicago Public Schools (1990- 1993) and Director of Special Education
in the Boston Public Schools (1983- 1987).
To focus attention on this discussion, only messages related to the
"Dialogue on Disabilities and Gender will be posted to EDEQUITY from
October 18 to October 21. Posting of all other messages will resume
on Friday, October 22.
The Dialogue will begin with an opening statement from each of the
panelists posted to the list by 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 1999.
You are encouraged to react, comment, and ask questions. Responses
will be posted throughout the four days. At 4 p.m. on Thursday,
October 21, the panelists will post their closing statements. The
Dialogue will officially be ended at 5 p.m.
Invite Your Colleagues to Log On to EDEQUITY
Please invite others who you think might be interested to join us by
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quotation marks or other punctuation).
Anyone who would like to follow the discussion without subscribing to
the list will find it on the Internet at <www.edc.org/WomensEquity>.
It can be accessed by clicking on the discussion list selection, and
then on "guest privileges."
If you can post a flier about the discussion in your school or
organization, e-mail WEEACTR@edc.org or call 800-225-3088 or (TTY)
We look forward to your participation in the Dialogue.
WEEA Equity Resource Center at EDC
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