Henry Winkler to Speak at Grace College During Transition Exploration Day
Grace College is excited to welcome Henry Winkler, famed actor, director, producer, author, and speaker to the campus. On Friday, March 23, Winkler will share his own story of overcoming obstacles. Winkler will address the student body and visitors in chapel at the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus. The event begins at 10:30 in the OCC and is open to the public.
Winkler will serve as the keynote speaker for Transition Exploration Day, an event during which area high school students with disabilities will visit Grace College. The topic of disabilities has long been of importance to Winkler. His series of children’s books (the Hank Zipzer series) was inspired by his own struggle with education due to learning challenges.
Following chapel, a Transition Exhibition will be held in the upper concourse of the OCC, during which the visiting students will be able to explore career opportunities at booths hosted by local agencies and businesses.
Transition Exploration Day is sponsored in part by the Council for Exceptional Children student chapter. According to the official website, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) “is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.”
Special Education Professor Cheryl Bremer is excited about how this day will impact both Grace students and faculty and visiting for Transition Exploration Day. “This is going to be a great event, both for Grace College and for area students with disabilities. It will give Grace students a chance to gain a deeper understanding and increased awareness of disabilities, and it will allow students with disabilities to envision futures for themselves beyond what they thought was possible. We hope this Transition Exploration Day will be the first of many to come,” Bremer said.