Professor Steven Brown was rejected from his first job after earning his doctorate. Why? Because he was disabled. He was totally qualified, and initially accepted, but the company didn’t want to hire someone with a disability. This rejection may have discouraged most people, but not him. It led to three decades of supporting, defending and advocating for the disabled community. He became a professor, author and co-founder of the Institute on Disability Culture. In this Unlocking Greatness interview, Steven opens our eyes to a world many people can’t even imagine, teaches us how to follow our passion, overcome challenge and demand that every human being be treated with respect.
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Steven E. Brown, retired Professor/Disabilities Scholar at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii, earned a doctorate in history from the University of Oklahoma. He has directed an independent living center in Oklahoma, and organized numerous community coalitions and served as Training Director at the World Institute on Disability. He co-founded the not-for-profit Institute on Disability Culture, with his wife Lillian Gonzales Brown, in 1994.
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