2018 Cal-TASH Conference Keynote Speakers
Lawrence is difficult man to peg or to pin down – and that’s just the way he likes it. He has been a poster child, a modern dancer, a radio show host and producer, and was the curator/co-host of groundbreaking festival “THE PROJECTED IMAGE: A HISTORY OF DISABILITY ON FILM” on Turner Classic Movies reaching 87 million people. His advocacy has been awarded by the likes of former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Formerly the Public Affairs Specialist for the National Council on Disability—the independent federal agency that brought us the Americans with Disabilities Act, he joined the Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund in July 2017, as their first-ever Director of Communications and spearheads their revitalized Disability and Media Alliance Project. In his communications work, Lawrence has both set-up media coverage of numerous disability issues in, and been interviewed by, respected outlets like USA TODAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, the NEW YORK TIMES, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, THE DAILY SHOW, the BBC and CNN among others. He’s even given DEAR ABBY advice about disability and dating.
Mikel is a 28-year-old man with Down syndrome who has navigated and advocated for himself to obtain the services and supports he needs in order to live a productive and comfortable life. Until recently, he lived with his mother, Eileen Falvey and with his uncle and aunt, Richard Rosenberg and Mary Falvey. Mikel works at Joanne Fabrics and Craft Store a couple of days a week. He receives support services from REACH in Santa Fe Springs, CA. Mikel has an extensive circle of friends whose company and friendship he enjoys. His extended family is very important to him.
Richard Louis Rosenberg, PhD & Mary A. Falvey, PhD
Dr. Rosenberg has over 35 years of teaching and administrative experience. Presently he works for California State University, Los Angeles Auxiliary Services and San Diego State University Foundation as Region Manager with two federal grants - California Career Innovations (CII) and Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (CaPROMISE). Richard also provides support and technical assistance to Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute. He is recently retired from Whittier Union High School District as a Vocational Coordinator. He is a past board member of Cal-TASH.
Dr. Falvey retired as the Dean of the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles and is an Emeriti Professor in Special Education. She has been a professor at Cal State LA for 38 years. Mary has numerous publications in Inclusive Education and has presented at many local, state, national, and international conferences. She provides technical assistance and consulting to schools, school districts, and state department of education throughout the nation. Mary was the first President of Cal-TASH and served on the Board of Directors for many years.