Past Episodes

Episode 6: Pushing Students Who Learn Differently — but not over the edge

Season 1 | Episode 6: “Pushing Students Who Learn Differently — but not over the edge” January 2021 Synopsis: The Flying Wallendas earned fame and a reputation as circus daredevils for performing stupendous acts of balance on a high-wire. Yet, even the uncanny skill with which they performed their incredible seven-person chair pyramid stunt palesRead More…

Episode 5: Helping Autistic Students Succeed on Campus

Season 1 | Episode 5: “Helping Autistic Students Succeed on Campus” December 2020 Synopsis: How can parents help their autistic child succeed academically? What are some tools, strategies, and resources that parents can lean on to provide their child with autism added support? We’ll explore these questions and provide some practical strategies with our panelRead More…

Difference Maker – Quinn Bradlee

S1, E5: Quinn Bradlee —  Quinn Bradlee is a filmmaker, author and advocate for improving the lives of disabled individuals. He is the author of A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures and the founder of Friends of Quinn, an online community for individuals with learning disabilities.

Difference Maker – Dawn Prince-Hughes

Dawn Price-Hughes

Dawn Prince-Hughes is an anthropologist, primatologist and author who has studied gorilla (and other apes’) cultures. Through personal experience juxtaposed with academic study, she’s become an expert in autism spectrum disorders. She has published extensively including the national bestseller “Songs of the Gorilla Nation.”

Difference Maker – Jhillika Kumar

Jhillika Kumar

Jhillika Kumar — Jhillika Kumar is a social impact entrepreneur, Diversity & Inclusion community builder, and Grace Hopper Celebration keynote speaker as an advocate for disability empowerment. She is an Assistant Vice President focusing on Accessibility at Bank of America and the CEO & Founder of Mentra, a startup focused on enabling individuals on the autism spectrum to find meaningful careers by activating their talents.

Difference Maker – U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin —  Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is a former Navy jet pilot, a lawyer, who served as a United States Senator from Iowa from 1985 to 2015. He was the chief sponsor of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark legislation that protects the civil rights of more than 54 million Americans with physical and mental disabilities.

Difference Maker – Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan is an American politician and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is a two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion. Morgan is mayor of the city of Longwood, Fla.

Episode 4: STEM and Students With Learning Disabilities

Students with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM majors. This episode of “A World of Difference” looks at why LD students are invisible in STEM and offers parents actionable strategies to help nurture students with learning and attention issues who will “blind them with science” and continue in STEM fields in college and earn STEM degrees. You’ll meet Beacon College anthrozoologist Dr. Brian Ogle and educational leadership expert Dr. Mary-Anne Primack that explores the challenges LD students face in STEM and ways to boost scientific literacy among neurodivergent learners. And much more.

Episode 3 – Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity

Carolyn K Jeppson

Season 1 | Episode 3: “Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity” October 2020 Featuring: Carolyn Jeppsen, Co-Founder/CEO/President, BroadFutures Synopsis: Saluting National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this episode focuses on “Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity,” with a Q&A with Carolyn Jeppsen of BroadFutures, Inc., a national group that helps job candidates with learning disabilities reach their highestRead More…

Episode 2 – The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30: Reflections and Reckoning

Three decades after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush, the numbers of neurodiverse individuals who are continuing on to college and finding footing in the global workplace have outstripped pre-ADA numbers. Change is indisputable, but are there areas where the neurodiverse are still struggling to get a foothold? This month’s “Difference Maker,” retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, looks back at the path that led to the ADA and looks ahead at the road still untraveled.