Who is Bridget Brown??
Bridget Brown is a successful young woman who captures the attention of everyone she meets with her vitality and confidence. Bridget redefines the term “inclusion” by being the first person with Down Syndrome to be included in her school district. She graduated in 2005 as a result of this very successful school experience. She is a national public speaker and shares tools and strategies she used to be successfully included. She also is a person centered planning coach and works with young adults with disabilities to help them find their own voice.
In addition to her workshops and keynote speaking engagements, Bridget also works as part of a grant through the
Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. She helps young
adults with disabilities learn
how to present at their own IEP meetings, set goals, and speak with
self determination. Bridget has been trained as a PATH/MAP facilitator
with Managing the Art of Living and she is a graduate of the STARS
advocacy program through the ARC of Illinois.
Bridget currently is taking classes at College of DuPage and is excited to be a "college coed" and works hard at her studies in her free time. She also works as a Day Care assistant several days a week. She loves helping with the babies and toddlers and puts into practice what she has learned in her childcare classes. One of her ongoing volunteer positions is as a Dental Health Educator at University of Illinois Chicago Campus. One day a week she travels down to Chicago and teaches young patients how to care for their teeth. As you can tell, Bridget leads a full and productive life, keeping busy with school, work, church and hobbies such as reading, drawing, and writing her memoirs.
PERSON CENTERED PLANNING AND SELF DETERMINATION
Bridget has used a person centered planning process (MAPS/PATH PROCESS) to present at her own IEP meetings beginning in 8th grade. Bridget believes that every student should present at their own IEP meetings. She teaches students how to collect their thoughts and share their hopes and dreams with others. She shows others how to use a tool that helps design positive and possible lives. Bridget explains how she presents at her meeting and then shows a sample of her presentation. Participants will leave with some tools and strategies that will help every student develop a presentation.
Bridget delivers inspiring keynote speeches. The most popular keynote is DWELL IN THE POSSIBILITIES. This keynote can be adapted for any audience. Bridget's keynotes are very motivational!
ADAPTATIONS AND ACCOMMODATIONS
Bridget presents with her mother Nancy Brown. This workshop helps teachers and parents learn tried and true adaptations and accommodations that allow students with disabilities equity and access to the general education curriculum. Strategies presented include mini books, graphic webs, previewing, adapting rubrics, and note taking tools.