“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
-Dr. Maya Angelou
We pride ourselves on embracing the differences in people’s abilities. Not everyone with disabilities — defined by the American’s with Disabilities Act as a physical or mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning — have obvious physical challenges.
It is important to recognize that it may not be apparent that someone has a disability, especially when they exhibit high levels of self-determination to overcome them. People with hidden disabilities that are cognitive and psychological in nature are unique in many ways.
Take, for example, the following list of celebrities who have found success in their careers of choice:
- Kiera Knightly (Dyslexia)
- Solange Knowles (ADHD)
- Daniel Radcliffe (Dyspraxia)
- Will Smith (ADHD)
- Justin Timberlake (ADHD)
- Michael Jordan (ADHD)
Our research helps discover solutions and advocate for persons with hidden disabilities to succeed in education and the workplace. We hope that this important work will reduce bullying on campuses, the classroom, and the workplace. We seek to work with others who want to progress these efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion for the most vulnerable people with so much to offer
Healthy leadership reflects practices that promote self-determination and embrace the “ableness” in everyone.