New Insights for Building Disability Pride and Empowering Student Success - PresenceLearning

LeDerick Horne & Dr. Margo Izzo


Clay Whitehead



Learn to see the invisible: gain insight about our growing population of students with hidden disabilities and how general and special educators can destigmatize them in order to improve student engagement and achievement. Two experts on invisible disabilities will inspire you with their stories and share evidence-based practices and case studies. You will realize the importance of a positive disability identity for those with invisible impairments. You will discover new ideas for helping connect students to positive role models, build on their assets, and advocate for the services they are guaranteed. This webinar will surprise you with big ideas to successfully help students with special needs succeed and transition to 21st century college and careers.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Margo Izzo is Program Director for The Ohio State University Nisonger Center where she conducts research on evidence-based practices that increase achievement and postsecondary outcomes of students with disabilities and at-risk populations. She has developed curricula, products and services that increase the effectiveness of secondary and adult service providers to enhance career development, self-determination and employment outcomes of at-risk students. Margo has a Ph.D. in Special Education, Rehabilitation and Research from The Ohio State University and Master of Arts from George Washington University. She is past president of the Division of Career Development and Transition within the Council for Exceptional Children.

LeDerick Horne is a poet, motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities. He is a popular speaker at meetings of academic, government, social, and business groups, with past appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard University, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, many state Departments of Education. He inspires audiences about the challenges of all disabilities and promotes ways to unite the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change. He serves on the board of Eye to Eye, a mentoring organization for students with learning disabilities and is a member of the steering committee for the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and Senior Consultant for The Center for School Climate and Learning.

Learning Outcomes

After this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Summarize how evidence-based practices and strategies can empower the largest category of students with disabilities
- Describe the importance of disability identity to reduce stigma and improve student engagement and disability pride
- Define the disability pride framework
- List five sources of mentors and role models to help students build a meaningful connection to the disability community
- Apply strategies to support students to develop a positive identity as a student with a disability

Time Ordered Agenda

90 minutes

00:00 - 05:00 Welcome and context
05:00 - 25:00 Hidden disabilities defined: who, what, why.
25:00 - 50:00 Strategies for empowering students with hidden disabilities and developing their identity
50:00 - 65:00 Evidence-based practices and resources to help educators and students with disabilities
65:00 - 85:00 Audience Q&A
85:00 - 90:00 Summary and wrap up

To Earn a Certificate of Attendance

For ASHA CEUs: Attend this self-study event for the entire (90 minute) duration. Submit a post-webinar quiz with a passing score of 80% or higher. Complete a post-webinar survey.

Financial Disclosure

LeDerick Horne received a consulting fee from PresenceLearning for his presentation for this webinar. He also receives compensation from a range of schools, departments of education, and educational professional organizations for speaking engagements and professional development workshops. LeDerick also receives income from sales of his poetry CDs and royalty payments from Brookes Publishing for book sales. Margo Izzo received a consulting fee from PresenceLearning for her presentation for this webinar. She receives a salary from The Ohio State University as program director for the Nisonger Center. Margo also receives compensation for speaking engagements from professional organizations and royalty payments from Brookes Publishing for book sales.

Nonfinancial Disclosure

No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Other Information

This event is free of charge. For accommodations or modifications please email

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This webinar is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional or Related Area).

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