Author Shari Furnstahl To Kickoff Disability Awareness Week

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sponsoring speaker Shari Furnstahl, author of From Stepping Stones to Stumbling Blocks, the inspirational and humorous story of a learning disabled, "at risk" child's journey from the back of the class to the head of the class; from a special education student to special education teacher.

April 30 through May 4 is Disability Awareness Week. During this week, students will be provided with opportunities to learn how people with disabilities have become active participants in society and achieved success within their capabilities.

Shari Furnstahl is kicking off a the week by exposing students to the triumph of her life story. Experiencing severe vision, hearing, learning and physical challenges, it was believed that Shari would never surpass a 5th grade level as an adult. With the support of those around her and a steely determination, Shari was able to succeed far beyond early assessments.  From a clumsy child with a speech impediment, from a student few believed could learn, to becoming a special education teacher, Shari’s story celebrates the triumph of the human spirit confirming that one person can make a difference.

At the end of her presentation the American Sign Language student choir will join her on stage to sing the song "Don't Laugh At Me" by Mark Wills.

Jensen Beach High School Auditorium
2875 Northwest Goldenrod Road
Jensen Beach, Florida 34957

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650 juniors and seniors will attend Shari Furnstahl's presentation. "Our goal is for all people to be more compassionate when it comes to accepting people with disabilities," says Mrs. Conney Dahn, Exceptional Student Education teacher at Jensen Beach High School and coordinator of this program. "It is not an attitude of pity, but acceptance of who you are and what you do with what you have," she adds.

Call Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director, Education Foundation of Martin County at (772) 600-8062, or (772) 215-0075 prior to checking in.