BGSU Firelands hosting Disability Empowerment Conference on March 19

HURON, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands, in partnership with Ganley Automotive Group, invites the community to register for "Breaking Barriers – An Insightful Documentary with Panel Discussion on Disability Empowerment" on Tuesday, March 19, at the Cedar Point Center Auditorium on the Huron campus to embark on a day of conversation, enlightenment and empowerment.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a screening of the acclaimed 2020 documentary "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution," showcasing the journey of disability rights activists and their pivotal role in sparking change.

Following the documentary, a panel of distinguished experts will convene at 11 a.m. to share insights and engage in a dynamic discussion on disability rights and regional services. The panelists include:

  • Kerstin Sjoberg, executive director - Disability Rights Ohio
  • Amy Freeman - Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
  • Carrie Beier, superintendent - Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Sha-niqua Matthews, vocational rehabilitation supervisor - Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Crystal Bonner, MSW, LISW-S, a parent with experience in working with systems that impact services, supports and success for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Erin Black from Resources for Advocacy Independence Self-Determination and Employment (RAISE), a parent-led and family-centered nonprofit providing support to individuals with disabilities through transition and beyond
  • Michael Uher: from RAISE, youth expert and Clark Inclusive Scholar Program student

After the enriching panel discussion, attendees are invited to a lunchtime reception generously sponsored by Ganley Automotive Group. The event culminates with a second, optional, screening of "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution" starting at 1 p.m. at the Cedar Point Center Auditorium.

For more information and to register, visit

Updated: 02/23/2024 10:26AM