Abilities Expo Presents Experienced, Highly Knowledgable Speakers
For the Abilities Expo workshop series, we select presenters whose individual lives are as relevant to the Community as the issues they are addressing. Our speakers have years of experience and are highly knowledgeable in their fields. Their accomplishments precede them and many are recognized nationally and within their state for their ongoing work with people with disabilities. All our speakers have apparent and non-apparent disabilities, work in the disability field or are the sibling or parent of a person with disabilities.
Tracy Williams has her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Dominican University. She is a five-time recipient of nutrition education grants from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She enjoys public speaking, writing on nutrition topics. She enjoys debunking myths related to nutrition issues for all people no matter how they may experience life. She has presented at non-profit organizations, schools, rotary clubs, garden clubs, libraries, as well as a few churches. She is a strong advocate for all diversity in the world around, especially for people with disabilities because she happens to have cerebral palsy. You can connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn and her website. Her website is www.tracysplate.com. She loves to inspire people to life a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Sue Mukherjee
Sue Mukherjee, M.D., is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and physiatrist. She is the medical director of the Chicago Shriners Hospital's specialty rehabilitation care for children with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other rehabilitation needs. Dr. Mukherjee joins an expert staff of rehabilitation clinicians and orthopaedic surgeons at the Chicago Shriners Hospital, offering advanced, multidisciplinary care to children all over the Chicagoland area and throughout the Midwest.
Dr. Mukherjee comes to the Chicago Shriners Hospital from the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab where she was director of the Fellowship Program of Pediatric Rehabilitation and medical director of the adult spina bifida clinic. Dr. Mukherjee has lectured in the U.S. and internationally, addressing topics such as medical management of spina bifida and cerebral palsy, pediatric rehabilitation and transitions for youth with disabilities. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board, Division of Specialized Care for Children (State Title V Program), and also an assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Amanda Hogle, CTRS, received her Bachelors of Science from Grand Valley State University in 2009 and has been working at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Chicago as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for 9 years. She provides recreation therapy services throughout the hospital in both the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as providing community based programs for local patients through Shriners' FLOW Program. When providing services in the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation setting, her goal is to work with patients to build confidence, socialize effectively, and learn new sport and recreation skills. Using recreation and activities that are familiar and spark a patient's interest creates an environment where they feel comfortable and puts them in a state of mind which allows them to succeed in all aspects of their recovery. It is both Amanda's and entire rehabilitation team at Shriners' goal to have all of their patients active and involved in their family and communities and doing so as independently as possible.
Cindy Kolbe has been a lifelong disability advocate—even before her youngest daughter's spinal cord injury. Cindy ran a nonprofit, managed group homes, and worked at a state institution. She also volunteers for disability and mental health nonprofits.
Cindy's new memoir, Struggling with Serendipity, shares her battle with depression and guilt after her daughter Beth's injury. They shared unexpected adventures from their small town in Ohio to Seattle, Harvard, Capitol Hill, and around the world. Cindy is a writer with a blog and more than 50 articles since 2016 in Power of Moms, Motherly, AbleThrive, This Is My Brave, Reeve Foundation, Grown & Flown, and other media. She hopes her writings will help others with challenges. Find her at strugglingwithserendipity.com, on Instagram (@cindybkolbe), Facebook (Struggling with Serendipity), and Twitter (@cindy_kolbe).
Eraina Ferguson MAR, M.Ed
Eraina Ferguson is a creative nonfiction writer currently penning a memoir about raising a daughter with autism and deafness. She is also the curator of My Good Life, a media platform for families with special needs children. It includes her journey as a mom who earned three academic degrees including one from Yale while raising her daughter. Her story was featured in "The New Haven Register" and she was featured on The Real. She holds an M.Ed in Education and an MAR in Religion from Yale University.
Learn more about her here: erainaferguson.com
Frank Molignano, CCH
Frank Molignano, CCH (Certified Classical Homeopath) has worked extensively in the mental health field as a homeopath, biofeedback specialist and neurofeedback practitioner. He facilitates a deep connection to well-being integrating unresolved trauma and through his practice supports individuals in moving from contraction to expansion, from limitation to freedom. Soon after Frank began studying Homeopathy he contracted Lymes Disease. Having no health insurance at the time became a blessing because he very quickly learned to test and rely on Homeopathy as the effective alternative medical practice it is. After becoming symptom free, Frank practiced Biofeedback therapy and Homeopathy for 5+ years at the Gedroic Center in Morristown, NJ where he treated individuals with developmental disorders, Lymes disease, and at the Psychiatry Center in Clifton, NJ where he worked with individuals suffering from emotional trauma, psychological disorders and various physical ailments resulting from automobile injuries. Frank uses homeopathy to resolve recurring ailments and long-standing conditions by addressing the underlying root cause of unwellness that manifests as a seemingly unrelated complex of mental, emotional, or physical symptoms. In his biofeedback & reiki practice he supports individuals in developing the skills to mindfully manage stress, nourish the self and break unconscious patterns.
Dr. Linda M. Schultz (Nurse Linda)
Linda M. Schultz, PhD, CRRN is a leader and provider of rehabilitation nursing for 40 years, most recently developing Activity Based Rehabilitation strategies. She has directed programs at an international level including the Christopher Reeve recovery project at Washington University in St. Louis. She is certified by the Association of Rehabilitation Registered Nurses. Dr. Schultz writes the interactive Ask a Nurse Blog, an evidence-based community forum, conducts monthly international webinars hosting discussions and questions from individuals with paralysis and has created emergency pocket cards concerning the topics of sepsis and Autonomic Dysreflexia, in coordination with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation. As a researcher, Dr. Schultz focuses on the concepts of promoting bladder and bowel continence and skin integrity. She has completed a national analysis of urinary continence in the elderly population utilizing NIH data. The results of these findings have been used to establish protocols by the AHCPR.
John Morris is one of the foremost experts in the field of accessible travel, drawing from his experience of nearly one million miles flown as a wheelchair user and triple amputee.
He educates people with disabilities through his accessible travel website WheelchairTravel.org and advises companies through his consultancy, Accessible Development Group. Known for traveling the world with one hand, a passport and his power wheelchair, he has become a strong advocate for accessibility and inclusion within the travel industry. John is an accessible travel thought leader who shares his vision for an open world with both travel providers and the community at large.
Associate Director, Americans for Safe Access (ASA)
Debbie manages ASA's Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) patient education program and works closely with the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, a training and certification program for the medical cannabis industry. She has served as a writer, editor, and reviewer on many ASA publications including the Cannabis and Cannabis Resin Critical Review Document, the State of the States Report, and the Medical Cannabis Access for Pain Treatment report. Her previous work experience was in the Behavioral and Public Health fields working on projects in tobacco regulation and substance abuse prevention and treatment. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology.
About the Organizations and Individuals Presenting Events and Activities at the Show
For the Abilities Expo workshop series, we select presenters whose individual lives are as relevant to the Community as the issues they are addressing. Our speakers have years of experience and are highly knowledgeable in their fields. Their accomplishments precede them and many are recognized nationally and within their state for their ongoing work with people with disabilities. All our speakers have apparent and non-apparent disabilities, work in the disability field or are the sibling or parent of a person with disabilities.Pre-Register for Abilities Expo Today...It's Free!