Saturday, April 06, 2013

greater than through love and support: radio show on solutions for persons with disabilities

Below is the script for the show on accessing health and wellness in our region for our children and youth! Check it out! 
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We here the word disability in our speak, in our community all the time. But we don't often here all of the amazing roles that persons who are differently able can and do play in our community and about those who seek to ensure the best for persons of every ability..who is it that wants to help make sure that regardless of our different abilities, we have education, housing, employment, and even safety and advocacy and a voice when in danger and victims of assault or harm. Well, today, three of the areas strongest and most vital advocates for persons with disabilities join us in the studio and the program promises to be one that opens not only awareness about advocacy, but understanding and inclusion in our community.
As always..I am blown away with who I get to sit here with and today is not is my honor to welcome:

Gloria Garton
Public Administration Graduate School – University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
B.S. Liberal Arts/Allied Health – University of Iowa, Iowa  City, Iowa
Recreation Therapist

Professional Background
Gloria Garton has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.  She started her professional career as a Recreation Therapist at the renowned Sheppard Pratt Mental Health Hospital in Maryland.  She was then offered a Management position at a Continuing Care Retirement Community where she worked for over 7 years before moving from Maryland to Charlotte, NC.  While in Charlotte, she worked for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the Pennies for Patient School Coordinator to help raise awareness and funds for Leukemia/Lymphoma Research.  When her husband was relocated back to Maryland with his job, she worked for Ride Across Maryland, a nonprofit that sponsored an annual motorcycle ride that earned them the title of the largest 3rd party donor in the country to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2007, she moved to Wilmington and became the Executive Director of a newly established non-profit, disAbility Resource Center.  

She currently serves as the Vice-President of the NC Network for Centers for Independent Living and is the NC CIL Coordinator for the AgrAbility Project.

Community Involvement
Mrs. Garton enjoys volunteering for efforts that help the areas homeless, is a member of the New Hanover County Schools Special Education Advisory Council and secretary for the Cape Fear Disability Commission. In 2011, she was recognized by the City of Wilmington’s Mayor Council for Disabilities as the Community Advocate of the Year.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 12 year  old daughter, Rachel, relaxing at the beach, gardening, traveling and reading.
Becky Setliff
Becky Setliff: Wilmington Unit Manager for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Programs

Becky has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Social Work from the University of South Carolina and earned her Master of Arts degree with honors in Counseling from Webster University. She has been a Certified Public Manager since 1998. Becky has worked for the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 29 years serving individuals with a broad range of disabilities.  She moved to Wilmington in 1989 and has been actively involved in the Wilmington community and surrounding counties promoting services and inclusion of persons with disabilities. She was the Manager for the newly funded NC Independent Living program in Wilmington beginning in 1991 for 10 years. She has served as the Unit Manager for Vocational Rehabilitation in the Wilmington office for 9 years and currently manages both Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living programs. She is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and was presented the Claude A. Myer Leadership Award by the NC Rehabilitation Association in 2012.

Becky Setliff, MA, CPM
Unit Manager
Vocational Rehabilitation/Independent Living
3340 Jaeckle Drive, Ste. 201
Wilmington, NC  28403

Jessica Green
Jessica Green is the Victim Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities at the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.  Since July of 2011, Jessica has been providing crisis intervention services to individuals with disabilities that are victims of sexual violence in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.  In addition to providing supportive counseling, law enforcement advocacy, and court accompaniment, Jessica also works to raise awareness of the issue of sexual violence among individuals with disabilities.  Jessica is currently the only Rape Crisis Victim Advocate in the state of North Carolina who focuses on this population and will be presenting on this topic at the National Associate of Social Workers North Carolina conference and the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault conference next month.

Ashley Miller Segment: Announcements: Coming up:
Wilmington Gives Back is All About Nonprofits
Cape Fear Clinic Breakfast at the City Club at de Rossett Monday Morning, May 14th from 7:30am until 10am Donations. Reserve your entry by writing to
Annual Doolittle Ride
Gift of Education
Keeping Legends Local for the Carousel Center
Wine, Women, and Shoes (Jonathan Weiss)
Chad Porter Fundraiser
Paddle Out with Hook Line and Paddle

I SPY: I got invited to a breakfast this week for Smart Start. Lord knows getting up at the crack of the day before to get all dressed up for some UNCW dried eggs and bacon is not necessarily my favorite thing. But my hosts were friends and I was looking forward to supporting Head Start and sharing time with people I care about..that is the point right? I got a who lot more. At this event they do recogniction for people in the community who are children's champions and two of those nominated are selected to receive special recognition. I read each of their nominations and I was so inspired. With all the talk of North Korea, the national economy, local quote en quote leaders spending money on security at meetings, here were these fierce advocates of education...of our children, from all walks of the solution. One in particular, who received the special recognition was to have a child with down syndrome in her class room. She took sign language classes to so that she could better communicate and not only be more successful teaching..but reaching that one child..being inclusive..and welcoming. Here story was so inspiring..all of theirs were and so this week...I Spy her, Mrs. Nancy Heath and all those Champions from Smart Start making a difference in our children's lives each and every day!


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