A graduate of the LEND program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Kenneth Kelty won a national video competition in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act.
Kenneth Kelty, a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD), won The Tuesdays with Liz video contest, a national competition sponsored by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Tuesday’s with Liz is a weekly video series highlighting current issues in disability policy hosted by Liz Weintraub, a long-time disability advocate, and produced by AUCD.
LEND is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau, a federal program within the Department of Health and Human Services, to support training of various health providers in the developmental disabilities field, including self-advocates, such as individuals with developmental disabilities who themselves attend the program side by side with other individuals who do not have a developmental disability.
Kenneth, who has autism, also won the Laura Lee Self-Advocate Leadership Award in 2017, the year he completed the UNC LEND program.
Thanks to LEND Program at CIDD, Kenneth said, “I was able to be a part of a wonderful leadership program for a person with a disability and for self-advocacy. And thanks to the ADA, I was able to get an education at an early age, which allowed me to have some inclusion with my typically-developing peers, and I was able to gain self-determination down the road.”
Kenneth went on to graduate from Western Carolina, through its two-year University Participant Program.
“Kenneth is a remarkable man,” said CIDD director Joseph Piven, MD. “He’s a tremendous advocate who often gives talks around the country about coping with developmental disabilities. He shows us every day how much we all can achieve.”