By Jasmine Montes
Middlesex County College hosted keynote speaker, LeDerick Horne for Disability Awareness Day on Thursday Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the College Center Terrace Room.
Interim President Mark McCormick greeted the audience and opened the presentation.
Speaker of the event LeDerick Horne said, “I will share my story upon my disability and my journey at MCC and upon my success.”
Horne said, “My advocacy to work for people with disabilities has always been motivated by my own experience growing up with learning and attention issues. In some ways, I was very fortunate to get the kind of support I received as a child. But in other ways, I know that my early education could’ve been much more empowering. So the work I do now is focused on changing the beliefs and practices of our educators so that the next generation of young people with disabilities, are able to have a more positive experience than the one that I had passing through school.”
Horne said, “My upcoming book, “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success”, is now available on Amazon and you can also preorder the book in the college bookstore.”
At the end of the program, Horne answered questions from the audience and also shared what inspires him to help students with disabilities.
Horne said, “I was initially inspired to share my story as a person with a disability while I was a student at Middlesex County College. While I was on campus, I was a part of a leadership club that was organized by a small group of students with learning disabilities. I continued sharing my story with younger students and during my last year someone from the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Special Education saw me speaking on a panel. He gave me an opportunity to speak at a conference in Virginia and that was the start ofmy career.”
For more information regarding LeDerick Horne visit his website http://www.lederick.com.
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