Norman Kunc Featured in Krumm Lecture Series

The IOD is pleased to announce The Janet Krumm Disability & Media Lecture Series, an annual public lecture series which recognizes the power of information and the contributions of individuals who have used the media, written and visual, to create an understanding of the experience of disability, as well as the community’s collective responsibility to embrace diversity.

The Lecture Series honors the efforts of Janet M. Krumm, founder and editor of the New Hampshire Challenge, a quarterly news publication for families who have members with disabilities. The New Hampshire Challenge addresses disability issues through a family perspective, providing information about and in-depth analysis of public policy, legislation, services, best practices, and other pertinent issues. Janet graduated from the IOD’s NH Leadership Series in 1988, and the Challenge was Janet’s action plan coming out of that experience.

Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift presented the inaugural lecture of the series on Thursday, April 16 at the University of New Hampshire’s Memorial Union Building. The lecture was sponsored by a grant from the UNH Class of 1954 Academic Enrichment Fund.

Born with cerebral palsy, Norman attended a segregated school for children with physical disabilities; then, at age 13, he was integrated into a regular school. From there, he went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in family therapy.

Norman Kunc and his wife Emma Van der Klift have spent the last 25 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. Although they are well known advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humor and narrative to initiate self-reflection and social change.

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