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
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 Handicapped, The 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.