Noel Parker is 22 years old and lives in a small town about an hour West of Austin. He has Duchene Muscular Dystrophy which affects all the muscles of his body including his arms, hands and legs. Even though it takes him 5 times longer to complete an art project, he still loves doing it. He has always loved to draw and has just recently started turning some of his artwork into cards and prints. The money that he makes from selling his artwork will go to buying a new wheelchair accessible van for his family and himself. The one they have now is over 15 years old and it is on its last leg. His hope is to travel the country seeing some of the beautiful places he has only seen in books.Please check out his website www.drawnup.net where he is constantly updating his art work.
Sean Pevsner has his own law firm which assists students with disabilities and their families obtain appropriate education services. His website is www.WhitburnPevsner.com. Mr. Pevsner is a licensed attorney in Texas. The following is a brief bio of his work and educational background.
Sean Pevsner is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who operates a motorized wheelchair by the use of head movements. Due to his quadriplegia, he cannot write but must rely on an interpreter or a specialized computer to do his work. Sean became motivated to take a lead role in expanding the awareness and protection of disability rights in the community. He encountered numerous barriers throughout his undergraduate and law school careers at the University of Texas at Austin. Using his experiences and knowledge from overcoming these obstacles, he now assists people with disabilities in breaking down the barriers of discrimination that prevent them from becoming productive citizens. He works in the legal arena to continue achieving this goal in educating people with disabilities on their employment and educational rights.
Mr. Pevsner worked with Disability Rights Texas which is a non-profit organization that protects the civil and human rights of Texans with disabilities through a fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works. He assisted people with disabilities in obtaining equal access to education, employment and community services. Mr. Pevsner complemented Advocacy's services, not only by providing legal assistance to these individuals, but also teaching them self advocacy skills.
As part of his Equal Justice Works fellowship project, Mr. Pevsner created the Flexible Interactive Process (FIP) Manual to assist both the employer and employee to have a constructive working relationship. This manual was a part of his Equal Justice Works Project to educate people with disabilities on their rights in the workplace and how they can self-advocate to protect their rights in the community.
Mr. Pevsner's project has broken new ground in that it focused each of its stages on educating students in those skills. His project also focused on ensuring the proper implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and assisting students with disabilities in taking advantage of the full benefits of this federal law during their secondary education. This project also focused on higher education for people with disabilities. Mr. Pevsner has shown people with disabilities how to employ the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure their own access to an equal opportunity for higher education.