Grace College Student CEC Chapter Hosts Disability Awareness Week

The Grace College Student Chapter for the Council for Exceptional Children is hosting a disability awareness week March 19-23. Dr. Mark Mostert will be the guest speaker in chapel on Wednesday and Thursday. Henry Winker will wrap up the event with a special appearance and keynote address on Friday. In addition to these guest speakers, the CEC chapter will give students an opportunity to explore disabilities in the Alpha Dining Commons during that week.  The week long event will also include Transition Exploration Day on Friday where local high school students with disabilities are invited to campus to hear Mr. Henry Winkler, participate in a Transition Exhibition, and spend the day on campus.


Dr. Mark Mostert

Dr. Mark Mostert is a professor of special education at Regent University where he Directs the Institute for the Study of Disability & Bioethics. He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on disability issues. He appears regularly on radio and TV, and writes about disability & bioethical issues in the print media. He consults on disability issues at the United Nations and serves as a member of the International Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Virginian Pilot, The Richmond Times Despatch,  The North Country Times, The Conservative Voice, & at World Net Daily. Dr. Mostert has been quoted in The Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, City Beat (Cincinnati), (Pittsburgh), The National Post (Canada) and at The American Thinker..
Last year Dr. Mostert delivered an invited address at an international human rights conference in Kigali, Rwanda and in September was an invited delegate to the US launch of the World Report on Disability in Washington, DC.



Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler is instantly recognizable and admired by audiences of all ages for his role as the Fonz on the long-running series, Happy Days. In addition, he is an award-winning producer and director of family and children’s programming. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Hank Zipzer series, which follows the everyday adventures of a bright boy with learning challenges.

Mr. Winkler has also continued his acting career on the big screen, including a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Nightshift, a starring role in the box-office hit Scream, and co-starring roles in The Water Boy, and Holes. On television, he has guest-starred on ABC’s The Practice and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. He recently starred on Broadway for nine months in Neil Simon’s play The Dinner Party.

Mr. Winkler is deeply committed to children’s welfare and works with numerous children’s groups. He is involved with The MacLaren Children’s Center (a facility for abused children),The National Committee for Arts for the HandicappedThe Special Olympics, and The Los Angeles Music Center’s Very Special Arts Festival, as well as numerous teenage alcohol and drug abuse programs. He is a founding member of the Children’s Action Network, a non-profit organization that sponsors informational briefings for writers, producers and directors on children’s issues and serves as a clearing-house for the entertainment industry on children’s issues.

<<Bio taken from Hank Zipzer website>>

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