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VUSN Dean's Diversity Lecture: From Try to Triumph: The Journey of a Nonverbal Young Adult

Monday, January 14, 2019,
  • Location: Godchaux Nursing Annex • 461 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37232
  • Room: 161

From Try to Triumph: The Journey of a Nonverbal Young Adult

Holly Forlenza and Eileen Forlenza

Holly Forlenza is unable to speak and was diagnosed with severe mental retardation, epilepsy and failure to thrive when she was 2 years old. In 2011, when she was 22, she began using an iPad and keyboard to communicate and has since become an advocate for the empowerment of nonverbal people. Eileen Forlenza, a successful motivational speaker on leadership, long has been an advocate for children with disabilities and active in policy development. Holly and Eileen use their personal experiences to convey the importance of giving individuals with disabilities and families a voice in their health care decisions.

https://www.hollyspeaksup.com/ 

Box lunches are available but must be reserved by RSVP