Speaker Bio: Josie Badger

Throughout the next month, we will feature bios and session descriptions from our great line-up of presenters for the 5th Annual PEAL Conference on Inclusion. We hope you start preparing your questions and get ready for a great discussion from leaders in the field! Read more about the conference and register here.

Josie Badger, M.S., C.R.C., Youth Coordinator, PEAL Center

Josie Badger is in her second year of her Ph.D. work in Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University.  She just completed graduate school for rehabilitation counseling at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2009.  In May of 2007, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Geneva College, majoring in Disability Law and Advocacy. Josie has served as president and vice president of the National Youth Leadership Network.  On the state level, Josie is also a founding member, and ex-president of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network. She also works with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on the family forum.  Josie was named Glamour Magazine’s 11th “Top College Women of 2006.” Josie works at the PEAL Center as Youth Coordinator for the State Implementation Grant, assisting families in healthcare transition.

Session 9, April 11, 2:15 p.m.: Architect for Empowerment: Creating Doorways
Presenting with Michael Beers, Peer Advocate, Comic. For youth with disabilities, there are countless barriers in the pursuit of opportunities and empowerment. This session will present ways that parents, peers, teachers and mentors can build opportunities for empowerment.

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