Katie Griffith is 26 years old and currently lives in Gilbert Arizona. She have a disability known as Cerebral Palsy which makes life challenging at times but that does not stop her from being the strong person she is. In 2004 she earned an Associates degree in Biblical Studies from Andersonville Theological Seminary. She is currently the Vice Chair of People First of Arizona and President of the Youth Action Council of Arizona as well as a mentor of young adults with disabilities through Arizona Bridge to Independent Living and is involved in much more. When she is not doing advocacy work, she enjoy’s dance, hanging out with friends, music and doing the best she can to make someone’s day a little brighter.
Maggie Sheets is a Public Affairs Intern with Easter Seals of Massachusetts and has a passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities. As an intern she researches issues concerning Medicare and Medicaid reform in Massachusetts and attends meetings and hearings on these topics to ensure that Easter Seals’ staff are kept up to date on policy developments. She has also testified before the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to support the maintenance of funding for assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation services in Massachusetts. Maggie has conducted further disability policy research as part of an adult healthcare advocacy group sponsored by the Boston center for Independent Living, that seeks to find ways to ease the transition from pediatric to adult care for young adults with disabilities in Massachusetts. As an NYLN volunteer Maggie intends to continue to research and disseminate information concerning disability policy issues to an even greater audience and hopes to continue to learn more about other disability rights issues. Maggie is originally from Michigan and moved to Boston to obtain a Master’s degree in Health Communication through a program from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine, which she finished in 2010.
Noah Seidel is a 24 year old living in Seattle Washington. Noah graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Disability Studies, Political Science, and Comparative History of Ideas. Noah is on the Washington State Governor’s Committee of Disability and employment and works in offices that helps support students with disabilities. Noah has Cerebral Palsy and works towards Disability Justice and Universal Design In his free time Noah enjoys playing games, reading comics, and watching sporting events
Hannah Mikesell is 20 years old. She is hard of hearing/Deaf. She grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She found out she was deaf at the age of 2 and got her first hearing aids at the age of 5 which helped her hear peoples voices. She went to public school in Kimberly, Idaho for 2 years then moved to the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding and attended for 16 years.
She graduated on May 31. 2012. ISDB was a place that made it much easier for her to learn without having to struggle to understand the teachers.
She loves to help people and loves to work with kids and helping older people. She loves to hang out with her friends and family. She is hoping to become a CNA with training at Job Corps in Nampa.