The following video was created by Avery Olmstead and posted on YouTube on November 4, 2012.
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Hi, My name is Avery Olmstead. I’m 43 years old and I live in Old Town, Maine. I guess I’d call myself a “Librarian, Activist, Reader, Writer, Public Speaker, Actor, Dancer, TV Fan, Troublemaker, etc.” I also use a wheelchair, due to Cerebral Palsy. I created this video a couple of years ago after I was honored with the “Social Change” award at the 20th anniversary celebration of Maine’s UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities).
I have a BS in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington and an MLIS in Library & Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia (through distance education).
Soon, I will be finishing up a 2.5 year stint at a job I’ve really enjoyed. I’ve been working on a grant as an Academic Librarian through the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois – Chicago.
In September, 2014, I began a year-long educational fellowship as part of the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities) program, through the University of Maine & the University of New Hampshire: (http://ccids.umaine.edu/interedu/nh-lend/). LEND is a Maternal and Child Health workforce development program for graduate students and professionals aimed at improving the system of care for children with disabilities and their families.