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Global Webchat: Athletes Without Limits
In honor of the 2018 Winter Paralympics and International Women’s Day, join us for a Facebook Live on March 6 at 14:00 Moscow time with Paralympians and human rights advocates to talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in sports. How are these change-makers transforming their environments by fighting for disability rights, women’s rights, and inclusion? How are they working with civil society, educational institutions, and governments to create change at the local and global levels? Find out and ask them your questions during the live program on March 6!
Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. is a Paralympic medalist and world champion in wheelchair racing in the sprint disciplines. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Her research agenda adopts a social- ecological framework and looks at issues surrounding identity, equity and empowerment for individuals who are different in some way, with a large focus on disability. Forber-Pratt served on the Board of Disabled Sports USA and has been honored by many, including former U.S. President Obama, for her community service efforts and work with youth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=28&v=cMBwTNpS-a8
Scout Bassett is a two time Paralympian and world champion in Track and Field. Adopted from a Chinese orphanage at age 7, she joined sports as a way to connect with her new peers in America. She is active in supporting the Challenged Athletes Foundation and spends her time off the track as an athlete ambassador and motivational speaker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzj29XCl2aQ
Moderator: Ann Cody is a Special Advisor working on international disability rights in the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. After twenty five years in the private and non-profit sectors, Ann joined the State Department in 2014 to oversee the “Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative” in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). She infused disability rights into ECA sports exchanges and initiated a program focused on promoting disability rights through sport. A three-time Paralympian, Ann brings her winning integrity to champion the Department’s efforts to combat discrimination and abuse against persons with disabilities, and to protect the rights, dignity, and inclusion of all persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.