Priscilla Carlson, BSBA, BS Broadcast News journalism, BA Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder.
Ms. Carlson became the Dissemination Coordinator for JFK Partners in 2017, where she assists in promoting awareness of resources, events, and expertise of the UCEDD network with community partners, families, and self-advocates through a variety of communication strategies such as social media, website, and electronic publications. Ms. Carlson moved to Colorado from North Dakota in 2007 and joined JFK Partners’ Advisory Council. She attended Front Range Community College in Westminster for two years and then was accepted into the journalism program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She pursued two bachelor’s degrees while working on campus at the Center for Multicultural Affairs. She also led a student group, the Council for Inclusion, Leadership, and Advocacy which was made up of students with and without disabilities who were active as advocates both on and off campus. She graduated in 2012 with a BS in Broadcast News journalism and a BA in Political Science.
After graduation, Ms. Carlson was elected co-chair of the JFK Partners Community Advisory Council. During that time, she was part of Phamaly Theatre Company, first as an actress and later as a board member. She was the Coordinator for the Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) for two years, working closely with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as all of the Independent Living Centers in the state. She participated in the “No Plates. No Placard. No Parking” campaign through the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities – “Excuses vs. Reasons” to make Public Service Announcements on TV and through social media. Ms. Carlson was contracted by the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council to plan a state-wide Inaugural Self-Advocacy Summit; a successful event for all who attended.
After co-chairing the JFK Partners Community Advisory Council, Ms. Carlson became the first Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Self-Advocate Fellow in Colorado. As her capstone project, she developed a web page for JFK Partners called Project Innovate to collaborate with an engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. The website acts as a conduit for people with disabilities and/or their caregivers to submit ideas for creating assistive technology devices. Each semester, those ideas are then compiled into a list of possible projects that first-year engineering students can choose from to build and present to their client. Ms. Carlson has presented at conferences, led workshops and presented keynote addresses on many occasions. She has also participated in expert panels for medical students on “the patient perspective” by sharing personal experiences of living with a disability.
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