Mr. Connolly Has ALS at the Human Rights Speakers Series
The City of West Hollywood's Human Rights Speakers Series, World Channel, and IMP's Community Perspectives Film Series present a special screening and panel discussion for: MR. CONNOLLY HAS ALS During his 14-year tenure at Concord High School, Principal Gene Connolly was known for his non-stop energy, his love of rock & roll, and the personal connecMons he made with many of the school’s 1,600 students. However, in 2014, Connolly was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Mr. Connolly Has ALS chronicles Connolly’s final year as principal of the school, when his physical abiliMes are significantly limited. The outpouring of love and support from the students, evident as they engage with him in the film, is both remarkable and inspiring. people. FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS: Discussing issues of inclusion, including disability access, and more. CARLOS BENAVIDES, President of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, was appointed to the Commission by former Supervisor Don Knabe of the 4th District in 2014. He currently serves on the Commission representing the 4th District for Supervisor Janice Hahn. Commissioner Benavides is also Chair of the Patient Advisory Council at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho). He has a passion for life and independence is shared with newly injured patients as a Peer Mentor with Rancho's Know Barriers program. He is also an accomplished graphic artist and digital photographer and has exhibited his work in several art galleries nationally. He is proud to serve on the Commission, and works tirelessly to ensure access to life for all. ASHER GARFINKEL is the Vice President of Community Outreach for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, which has a service area of 31 California counties and the entire state of Hawaii. Asher oversees all events, outreach, and marketing/communications activities for the Chapter. Prior to his work in the ALS community, he was Executive Director for the Los Angeles and Central Coast offices of the Arthritis Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles and dedicates his work to the lives of 1700 families served by the Golden West Chapter each year, and to the memory of those many lost to ALS. AMY HANREDDY is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at Cal State Northridge. Dr. Hanreddy’s research and advocacy emphasize inclusive and collaborative practices that benefit all students, as well as strategies that allow students with significant support needs access to meaningful instruction in general education settings. Dr. Hanreddy has taught as a special education teacher in a traditional school district and at CHIME Charter School, a fully inclusive nationally recognized school, where she also served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and as the Interim Executive Director. Amy earned her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies from Chapman University and is a board member for Cal-TASH, a statewide disability advocacy organization. KEITH WILLIAMS is an Independent Living Specialist and expert in Assistive Technology at the Disability Community Resource Center in Los Angeles. For over six years, he's advised and led instruction on assistive technology with organizations like the Braille Institute, Los Angeles Community College, and Global Visionology LLC. SCREENING & PANEL SCHEDULE 6:30pm Pre-Screening Reception Featuring Light Refreshments 7:00pm Screening 8:00pm Post-Screening Discussion PRESENTING PARTNERS City of West Hollywood Human Rights Speakers Series (HRSS) Impact Media Partners* * The Community Perspectives Film Series is a program of Impact Media Partners.