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CDA Member
Jan Gorman

The Jetsons Cartoon's wife

  1. What is your role in CDA?
    • I have been fortunate to serve as a CDA member and support its mission by helping with event and program development, education and consultative services on campus and policy disability matters

  2. What is your favorite thing about CDA?
    • The people.

  3. What is your position on campus?
  4. Why are you passionate about disabilities?
    • Throughout my personal life and professional career have been fortunate to know and be friends with people from all over the United States who have disabilities. These many friends and acquaintances have provided me with opportunities to grow in understanding differences; particularly differences that cause inequality; and to assist with changing these views wherever and whenever possible.

  5. What is your educational background?
    • Masters in Organizational Leadership
  1. What advice would you give to a colleague on campus who has a (DIS)ability?
    • If you are comfortable in helping--give voice to improve equality and become a part of CDA or any other disability related effort.  Disability continues to be an unknown and fearful concern for too many people.  This can change if people with disabilities share their successes and their failures and are more visible to everyone’s daily life.

  2. What advice would you give to a student on campus who has a (DIS)ability?
    • Because of my work in employment I see many employees with disabilities who have a misconception of their responsibilities and those of their employers.  I encourage students to learn as much as possible about work prior to graduation; conduct as many internships as possible, work at part time jobs, job shadow and learn the stories of people.  Interview people with disabilities who are working and those who are not. 

  3. Where is your favorite place to eat in town?
    • Exotic India.

  4. What is your favorite activity to do at UI?
    • Work out at the Rec Center

  5. What best disability-related practices or changes do you recommend to better our campus?
    • I would like to see disability efforts and services begin to work with nontraditional resources as we continue to build better understanding and awareness.  This is just one strategy that we can use to share information with others who typically have little or no knowledge of disability.


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