On Saturday, February 9, 2019, Concordia-Chicago will host a symposium titled “Empowering Individuals with Disabilities.” The event will occur 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Room 200 of the Christopher Center on the campus of Concordia University Chicago, located at 7400 Augusta Street in River Forest, Illinois. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
The symposium will explore how special education empowers individuals with disabilities both in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Also, panelists will discuss how the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) promotes the training and career development of special education professionals through the distribution of scholarships that fund graduate education of Saudi students at Concordia-Chicago and other universities.
The panel presentation will be moderated by Concordia-Chicago graduate students Ameen Alhaznawi and Hana Alfuraya, both PhD candidates in Special Education Leadership. Featured speakers are Abdulrahman Alshehri, a Gallaudet University graduate student who is hard of hearing; Dr. Andrea Dinaro, associate professor of Special Education at Concordia-Chicago; Monica Berg, a learning behavior specialist whose sister has Tourette Syndrome; and Wasmiah Albasri, an EdD candidate in Higher Education Leadership who is also mother of a child with a disability.
The one-day event is jointly sponsored by Concordia-Chicago’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Diversity in the College of Graduate Studies; CUC’s Center for International Student Services; College of Innovation & Professional Programs; and the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM). Presentations will be in Arabic, English, American Sign Language, and certified real-time captioned. The location is wheelchair accessible. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Works by local artists with disabilities (Abby, Abstract Journey, and Gigi’s) and other merchandise will be available for purchase. The sale of merchandise at the event will support artists and organizations that serve individuals with disabilities/access needs and their families.