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6233 - Advocate for Students with Disabilities to Speak at Malone University

#6233|December 2, 2011.

A joint effort of State Support Team 9, Malone and Walsh Universities, University of Mount Union, Stark State College, and Kent State University at Stark.

Malone University will welcome LeDerick Horne, nationally renowned motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities, Thursday, December 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Johnson center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The event – aimed for students, families, and professional interested in learning how students with disabilities can achieve success after high school -- is free and open to the public. Malone University is sponsoring the event in partnership with State Support Team 9, Walsh University, University of Mount Union, Stark State College, and Kent State University at Stark.

LeDerick Horne

About the program:

LeDerick's message addresses increasing confidence, academic performance, self determination, and self-advocacy by challenging conventional teaching styles and asking his audience to look beyond negative labels. The audience will have a greater understanding of educational policies and practices that have contributed to the poor performance of students with disabilities. They will also see how using an asset based model in an inclusive setting can improve student's outcomes. The audience will be given some of the key strategies for developing self-determination skills for students with disabilities. Some of these strategies will include mentoring, systematic development of disability awareness, and delivering supports in a way that is culturally competent. The evening also includes a panel presentation by disability professionals from local universities and the RSC/Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.

From LeDerick Horne's website:

LeDerick Horne discovered his gift for poetry while attending college in central New Jersey.  Early on in his career as a poet, LeDerick helped organized several open-mics in central Jersey and performed at many venues throughout the Tri-State area.  In the late 90's LeDerick and two other New Jersey writers formed a group called The Trinity Poets. The group was initially very successful, but after several years of performing together, members of The Trinity Poets separated to pursue independent interests. Over the past few years LeDerick has become a nationally recognized motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities. He now uses his poetic talent to help empower and educate people who attend his presentations. LeDerick co-produced, co-directed, co-wrote, and performed in an original spoken word play loosely based on his experiences organizing open mics.  The play, which was staged in the spring of 2006, is called New Street Poets.  n 2005 Certified Organik Records released LeDerick Horne's first CD, Rhyme Reason and Song. This CD features 13 of LeDerick's poems set to music.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2011.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330.471.8239
Cell: 330.324.2424


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