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Bruce Duncan

Bruce Duncan is Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc., where he is also the Principle Investigator of the LifeNaut Project exploring cyber-consciousness through human mind uploading of robots. At Terasem Bruce is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the world’s first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person. Bruce is also Managing Producer for Terasem Media and Films, which produced the independent science fiction feature film 2B: The Era of Flesh is Over. Additionally he curates the World Against Racism Museum, the first cyber museum dedicated to addressing racism, bigotry and prejudice.

In his prior position at the University of Vermont’s Center for Developmental Disabilities, Bruce worked on federally funded projects advancing inclusion and disability rights. Other former University of Vermont affiliations include the Office of Conflict Resolution, where he served as director. His involvement in conflict resolution encompasses an appointment as Peace Facilitator with Seeds of Peace.

Photo: Bruce Duncan

Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.
Photo: Stephen Shore

Diversity

Embracing diversity is essential for us to succeed as a human family. We are constantly growing more and more diverse as minorities become the majority and different cultures continue to interact with each other and blend together. When practiced effectively, diversity recognizes each other’s differences – whether it is gender, disability, sexuality, economic status, race, abilities or religious beliefs - and gives everyone an equal say without “categorizing.”

Emile Bruneau

Dr. Emile Bruneau is a social and cognitive scientist who heads the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he was a research affiliate with the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT.
Photo: Dr. Emile Bruneau

Tom di Maria

Tom di Maria has served as Director of Creative Growth Art Center since 2000. He has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth's artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world. He speaks around the world about the Center’s major artists and their relationship to both Outsider Art and contemporary culture. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Director of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley.
Photo: Tom di Maria

James R. Doty

James R. Doty, M.D., FACS, FICS is a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), a part of the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart published by Penguin Random House in 2016.
Photo: James Doty

Relationship

RELATIONSHIP the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected. Relationships are the foundation for civility, for healthy work environments and for diversity to flourish, we need to honor and respect our fellow human beings. Let’s talk about relationships.

Advocacy, Policies & Research: Moving Forward

For the nearly 60 million Americans with disabilities who depend on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act for health care and public services to survive, the prospective policies of the US administration could mean losing their health insurance, social safety net, legal protections and civil rights. Or it could not. With every new administration and election in the US and abroad, there is always a threat to lose what we have gained.  Potential new laws in the United States may once again expose people with disabilities to the vagaries of the private insurance market.

The Power of Art, the Power of Us

Our imaginations need and want to soar. Art and artistic adventures are crucial to a healthy, inclusive society. With the trend towards funding cuts in the arts, we need to rethink our strategies to ensure the that the arts are kept alive and are inclusive. But the same time, in recent years, bolstering this mission have been mainstream arts programs, developments in assistive technologies, and creative expression around disability and diversity.

Breaking Stigma

The stigma of disability can be as disabling as the condition itself. It thwarts people from realizing their potential and poses chronic barriers to inclusivity. Overcoming prejudice is the first step to beating the discrimination that people living with disability all too often face, with consequences ranging from poor healthcare, employment challenges and restricted community access, to the erosion of human rights, psychological damage and abuse. Efforts to surmount social bias must also recognize insidious factors such as self-stigma.

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