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For Immediate Release

Easter Seals Thrive Celebrates Back-to-School Season With an Interactive Twitter Chat About Disability and Academia

Chicago, August 24, 2015

Media Contact:
Elsa Remak

Erin Hawley


Easter Seals Thrive, a community based mentorship program that empowers young women with disabilities to achieve their goals and independence, is hosting a live Twitter chat about all aspects of college life for prospective and current students with disabilities.    


“Thrive College,” is part of a monthly series aimed at sparking a dialogue about what it means to be a young woman living with a disability while navigating adulthood.


Participants are encouraged to join the conversation at https://twitter.com/ability2thrive using the hashtag #thrivecollege



This month’s panel will feature four experts with first-hand experiences in the disability and academia space. Guest panelists will be offering their advice on everything from applying to schools and setting up your support network, to living on campus and making new friends.


           Dr. Jessica Queener: Manager of the communications and outreach for the Youth Transitions Collaborative and the National Youth Transitions Center. Dr. Queener is a recent graduate of the doctoral Education and Neuroscience Excellence program at The George Washington University.

           Whitney Bailey: Independent living facilitator with a master's degree in Special Education. Whitney’s focus in academia is to help students in high school transition to the "real world."

          Sara Fair: Recent graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Sara’s has been Deaf since birth, has two Deaf parents, and Deaf grandparents on her dad's side of the family.

           Andrea Dalzell: Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015, as well as a student at The College of Staten Island studying neuroscience with a minor in medical technology.


Wednesday, Aug. 26

2 p.m. EST


Thrive was created in Boston by a group of women to address a growing need for support of young women with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. 


Monthly Twitter chats are possible through the national expansion of Thrive’s digital community. Thrive’s digital presence gives millions of women an opportunity to utilize the life experiences and advocacy from one another, no matter their location. Digital mentor interaction is coordinated through email, video-chat and phone.


In addition to mentoring and Twitter chats, Thrive encourages young women to interact with one another through their active social media community, book club and a series of Google Hangouts


·         Easter Seals Thrive: http://www.easterseals.com/thrive/  


·        Easter Seals: http://www.easterseals.com


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