LeDerick Horne and Dr. Margo Izzo


Clay Whitehead

Co-CEO and Co-Founder, PresenceLearning


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 hidden 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 hidden 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

1:00 -1:05 pm Welcome and context
1:05 - 1:25 pm Hidden disabilities defined: who, what, why.
1:25 - 1:50 pm Strategies for empowering students with hidden disabilities and developing their identity
1:50 - 2:05 pm Evidence-based practices and resources to help educators and students with disabilities
2:05 - 2:25 pm Audience Q&A
2:25 - 2:30 pm Summary and wrap up

*All times Eastern time

To Earn a Certificate of Attendance

Participants must attend this live event for the entire (90-minute) duration.

To earn official AOTA CEUs or NASP CPD credits, OTs and School Psychologists must:

  • Attend this live event for the entire (90-minute) duration
  • Complete a post-webinar feedback survey
  • Submit a post-webinar quiz with a passing score of 80% or higher

  • Financial Disclosure

    Financial Disclosure LeDerick Horne receives 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 receives 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 relationships exist.

    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 AOTA CEUs (Content areas: Category 1: Domain of OT - Context and Environment; Category 2: OT Process - Outcomes; and Category 3: Professional Issues - Contemporary Issues and Trends). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Participants are responsible for knowing their state requirements related to professional CEs for licensing (which may limit the number of credits for distance learning or certain topics). AOTA Approved Provider #9463


    This webinar is offered for 1.50 hours of NASP CPD credit (Content areas: Data-Based Decision-Making and Accountability, Consultation and Collaboration, Diversity in Development and Learning). NASP Approved Provider #1115

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