Berkeley College Presents “Work Matters For All, Personal Stories of Disability and Professional Success”


Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122

**Media Advisory**


Panel Discussions Held in Honor of
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Berkeley College will host a special panel discussion in Manhattan, NY, on October 18, 2017, that spotlights individuals with learning, physical and mental health disabilities who succeed in a range of professional fields, including legal studies, journalism, human services, and workplace management.

Work Matters for All: Personal Stories of Disability and Professional Success” will feature panelists sharing their unique achievements and challenges, resources and support systems, and advice for developing professional skills and pursuing dream-worthy career goals.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Berkeley College, Room B202, 12 East 41st Street, Manhattan, NY


- Edmund Asiedu, Career Counselor, Career Services, Berkeley College

Raised in the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Asiedu was attacked by the polio virus at the age of two, which resulted in his disability. As an international disability rights activist, he has worked with the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, D.C., and the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Asiedu was also the National Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled Youth Wing from 2005 to 2009, and played a major role in the effort to pass the Ghana National Disability Act of 2006. He graduated from Lehman College with a B.A. in Social Work, and is a Master’s in Public Administration candidate at the Austin Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

- Daniel Brown, Esq., Chief Municipal Prosecutor, Clifton & Haledon, NJ

Mr. Brown has excelled in the fields of criminal law and civil practice as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. As a criminal defense attorney, he appears regularly before the Superior Court in various counties in New Jersey, and in the appellate court of New Jersey. He has extensive jury trial experience, having served as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. As a former Associate of Melli, Guerin & Wall, P.C., Mr. Brown tried many cases on behalf of major insurance carriers. He graduated from Ramapo College with a B.S. in Information Systems. After graduating college, he worked for Merrill Lynch full-time, while attending the evening program at Rutgers University School of Law to obtain his Juris Doctor. Mr. Brown has cerebral palsy.

- Amanda Burrill, U.S. Navy Veteran and Journalist

Ms. Burrill was a rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy, obtained her culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu, and received her Master’s degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Ms. Burrill is undergoing treatment for post-concussion syndrome related to two moderate traumatic brain injuries and five mild ones. As a speaker and television personality, she is known for her humor, relatability, and unrelenting curiosity and enthusiasm about culture, travel, food and drink. Ms. Burrill is a fitness cover model, and writes two national lifestyle columns. She has completed Ironman and half Ironman triathlons, as well as 18 marathons.

- Jes Osrow, Founder & Coach, JOSROW Consulting; Talent Advocate, Hired

As the founder of JOSROW Consulting, Ms. Osrow helps professionals transition into technology, enhance their skills, and strengthen their personal brand. At Hired, she works as a career coach with 40-plus tech-job seekers weekly in multiple U.S. markets. Ms. Osrow herself works through two invisible disabilities, depression and anxiety. She recently completed the Managing Workplace Diversity & Inclusion program at New York University. When she is not at the computer or on the telephone, she spends time fostering kittens, appreciating the arts, and adventuring around the world.


TO REGISTER: This event is open to the public. While admission to the event is free, space is limited and registration is recommended. Click here to RSVP by October 11 to secure seating and request accommodations. For additional questions, contact Danyel Addes, Assistant to the Director of Disability Services, Berkeley College, at or 914-694-1122 EXT. 1-3168.

MEDIA CONTACT: Press inquiries can be directed to Zachary Shaw, Senior Media Relations Associate, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College, at or 973-278-5400, EXT. 1-1644.

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