Disabilities should not be detriment to an education, say mom, daughter

Disabilities should not be detriment to an education, say mom, daughter
April 6, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Autism. Attention Deficit Disorder. Behavioral problems. Health issues. Learning issues. These are words many parents fear when talking about their children. But not Nancy Brown. And certainly not her daughter, Bridget. Bridget Brown is a nationally known public speaker, a lifelong learner and a young woman with Down Syndrome. Nancy Brown is Bridget’s mother, an inclusion consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education and an advocate for people with disabilities. Bridget and Nancy Brown will share their stories from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 in the Birck Hall of Science, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall) on the campus of Benedictine University. The event is sponsored by Benedictine University education students enrolled in EDUC 275/550 – “Working With Families.” Bridget will discuss how hope and not fear led to her educational success in “Dwell in the Possibilities.” Nancy, who helps parents learn to be a leader in their child’s life and navigate unchartered territory, will present “The Love of My Life.” Check-in is from 6:00-6:30 p.m., Bridget and Nancy Brown will speak from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer session will follow from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. A game night will be provided to children not attending the presentation by education students at Benedictine University. Donations in support of this event will be accepted at the door.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.