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Hailey Berry

 

  1. When did you graduate? What was your major?
  2. How did the certificate program impact you?  How does it benefit you in what you are doing now?
  3. Are you currently in school or working?
  4. Can you explain your job?
  5. What are your goals for the future?
  6. Why do you think students at UGA Should take disability classes through IHDD?
When did you graduate? What was your major?

I graduated in December 2019 with a degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Disability Studies from the Institute on Human Development and Disability.

How did the certificate program impact you?  How does it benefit you in what you are doing now?

This certificate program helped me explore and think critically about topics I was already passionate about. Afterwards I felt more confident in my ability to advocate for people in a productive way. It helped me more fully understand ways to validate and support individuals that have a variety of disabilities.

Are you currently in school or working?

I am currently working at the Aspiro adventure wilderness therapy program based in Mount Pleasant Utah. 

Can you explain your job?

Each week I work as a field guide and take a group of students on an adventure itinerary for 8 days at a time. We will do either backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, day hiking, canyoneering, and skiing. The program is based around a therapeutic model that incorporates traditional therapy in conjunction with adventure activities. 

What are your goals for the future?

My goals for the future are to work as a field guide at Asprio for a year and then transition into law school. I plan to restart school in the Fall of 2021 and I want to focus on disability and educational rights law. 

Why do you think students at UGA Should take disability classes through IHDD?

I think taking the disability classes offered at UGA are extremely helpful for everyone. It is always productive to encourage better understanding of a typically misunderstood and under represented group of people. I learned a lot from these courses and am very grateful for that opportunity. I would encourage everyone to take these classes. 

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