Rebecca Hill is a senior at Towson University majoring in health education and promotion with a minor in applied adult disabilities studies. Rebecca developed an interest in people with disabilities from her minor at Towson University, as well as having a neurocognitive disability herself. She hopes to engage in disability advocacy and practice learning opportunities during her internship at MCDD by participating in several of the MCDD’s projects including Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) and People On the Go of Maryland. After completing her undergraduate degree, Rebecca plans to work in the health education and promotion field serving individuals with disabilities. She plans to attend graduate school, so she can continue her advocacy efforts.
Aaron Owusu is a senior at Towson University majoring in health education and promotion with a minor in healthcare management. Aaron developed his interest in the disability field from working with people with developmental disabilities at St Joseph’s Hospital and in his community. He hopes to gain a well-rounded exposure to disability advocacy and practice learning opportunities during his internship at MCDD by engaging in several of the MCDD’s programs including the community and professional development training program, the Resource Finder, and data management using the Apricot database system. Aaron is looking forward to learning how to develop, implement, and evaluate training programs and advocate for individuals with disabilities while building on his knowledge of healthcare management and education. After completing his undergraduate degree, Aaron plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in business administration, so he can better play a leadership role in the healthcare and disability field.
You (Youni) Wang is a first-year graduate student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying genetic epidemiology. Youni is passionate about pediatrics, and she developed an interest in working with people with disabilities from her volunteering experience with children with autism spectrum disorders in college. As a Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities scholar, she is looking forward to having an interdisciplinary experience at MCDD where she could learn about Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) and policymaking on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Youni is also interested in the successful transition of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities into adulthood and hopes to get involved in research projects on improving the transition planning process. After completing her master’s program, Youni plans to attend medical school to continue her pursuit in pediatric health and to empower people with disabilities.
Brooke Clippinger is a graduate student studying healthcare administration at The Johns Hopkins University. She developed an interest in working with individuals with disabilities while supporting provider organizations through her management consulting practice. She hopes to use her appointment as a Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities scholar at MCDD to conduct research and translate scientific evidence into practice, impacting health policy and decision-making. She is looking forward to applying her experience to incorporate disability advocacy as a lens to her future role as a healthcare administrator.