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Moravian Professor Christie Gilson to Explain Disability Law

"The Americans with Disabilities Act: Twenty Years of Progress and Struggle"

Bethlehem, Pa., October 1, 2010—Professor Christie L. Gilson will present “The Americans with Disabilities Act: Twenty Years of Progress and Struggle” on Monday, October 4, at noon in the Snyder Room of the Haupert Union Building. As a blind professor, Gilson brings personal perspective to the issues involving disability in America. The event, in recognition of National Disability Awareness Month is sponsored by the Offices of Institutional Diversity and Learning Services at Moravian. The talk is open to the public and admission is free.

Gilson is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Moravian College. A Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Gilson has six peer-reviewed journal articles published and has authored a chapter on transition planning for youth with disabilities in a book entitled Reform, inclusion, and teacher education: Towards a new era of special education in the Asia-Pacific region published by Routeledge. Gilson has presented at over 20 conferences in the United States and China.

Gilson’s work in the disability field extends beyond traditional academic arenas as well. She has advised several course management software companies on improving their accessibility for users with disabilities. Gilson has assisted post-secondary students with disabilities in obtaining learning accommodations at three higher education institutions. Gilson teaches English with the use of VOIP software to adults who are blind in China on a weekly basis. She is sought after as a guest speaker by university faculty, conference coordination committees, and event planners whose goal is to empower people with disabilities.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.