December 1: Keith Jones - The Fullness of Humanity: Understanding the Intersection of Race and Disability
Session Description:This presentation discusses how the intersection of race and disability impacts delivering, as well as accessing, equitable and high quality youth programs and services for communities of color. Mr. Jones will discuss the continued lack of awareness and importance given to policies and practices that are barriers to true inclusion of people with disabilities, while offering solutions to start towards full inclusionary programming.
About the Speaker:
Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. As an African American community activist and entrepreneur with cerebral palsy. As a strong advocate for independent quality living in the community, Mr. Jones has participated actively in various issues that face people with disabilities. These areas include, but are not limited to housing, education, and voting access. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and has performed trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening outreach efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities. Mr. Jones works to not only educate the disability community about enhanced community living, but also the community at large. Mr. Jones holds a strong desire to get the disability community more involved in the issues that concern their own lives.
Mr. Jones provides outreach support in relationship to the arts and independent living skills. Mr. Jones has been recognized for his emerging leadership by the state of Massachusetts and President’s Commission for Employment for People with Disabilities. Also, Mr. Jones is the Disability Law Center’s 2011 Individual Leadership Award.