Reeve Summit Workshop Aims to Ease Transitions to College, Employment for People Living with Paralysis

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on April 16, 2021 # Reeve Summit

Reeve Summit Workshop Aims to Ease Transitions to College, Employment for People Living with Paralysis

Today’s pandemic-induced remote-learning and WFH (work from home) world opens up new opportunities for people living with paralysis. But what does it take to have a positive experience in today’s virtual world of work and learning?

Transitioning Tools, Information and Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities

That’s the focus of a virtual workshop and live Q&A at the upcoming Reeve Summit 2021 (April 27-29). Presenters Sheri Denkensohn-Trott and Annie Tulkin will share information, tools, and strategies for people with disabilities of all types who are transitioning to college and employment. “Transitions: College & Employment for Individuals with Disabilities” airs April 28 at 4-5 p.m. A live Q&A with the speakers starts at 4:45 p.m.


Denkensohn-Trott has been a quadriplegic for 37 years. Injured at age 16 in a diving accident, she is a lifelong disability advocate. She and her husband (who also has a disability) own a business called Happy on Wheels, LLC. Their vision is to inspire people, with and without disabilities, to live happier lives. Tulkin is the founder and director of Accessible College, as well as an author and public speaker. She is an expert in the area of college preparation and transition for students with physical disabilities and health conditions. She supports students and families across the country.

Championing Independence and Self-Advocacy as Key to Successful Transitions

Life transitions take on new meaning when you’re living with paralysis. The transition to college or employment is a rite of passage that can be particularly challenging for anyone, and these challenges are compounded for people whose mobility is limited.

Tulkin and Denkensohn-Trott champion independence and self-advocacy as skills critical to success in education or employment. In the session, participants will learn about:

  • The process for requesting ADA accommodations in the college and workplace setting.
  • Preparing for employment, from internships to strategies for resume writing and disclosure of disability.
  • Specific steps to take to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college and strategies for a successful transition into the workforce.
  • Examples of successful transitions.
  • Resources and tools to assist in these transitions.

Second Annual Reeve Summit April 27-29 Features 40+ Virtual Sessions on Paralysis Topics

The second annual Reeve Summit: Where Care, Cure and Community Connect takes place April 27-29, 2021. “Transitions: College & Employment for Individuals with Disabilities” (April 28, 4-5 p.m.) is one of more than 40 virtual sessions. The summit will explore topics relevant to the paralysis community, including advocacy, caregiving, employment, research, and health and wellness. Participants around the globe will have a chance to hear from experts, ask questions, and share their own experiences of living with paralysis.


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