About Diana Pastora Carson

Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed., is an educator, author, disability rights advocate, and a consultant and speaker specializing in inclusion and diversity as it relates to disability. Ms. Carson’s passion for disability and diversity appreciation stems from her brother’s experience of growing up being misjudged, excluded, and DISabled. Ms. Carson teaches Disability Studies courses through San Diego State University and is also an elementary school teacher. She has served on the Board of Directors of Disability Rights California and Disability Voices United, and is the author of Foundations for Ability Awareness, and Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity Work in K-12 Schools & Communities. Through her writings, trainings, and speaking engagements, Ms. Carson guides community members in exploring the subject of disability, societal attitudes around disability, and the impact of those attitudes. Empowering awareness, inclusion, and total diversity appreciation is her goal.

Patrick William Connally is an artist, civil rights advocate, co-host and producer of a radio program focused on disability issues, consultant on access and disability rights, and most recently, a family caregiver and in-home support provider.   Patrick worked closely with Ed Roberts for years and knew him as a human being with a commitment and passion for creating independence for people with disabilities.  Patrick has served extensively on government and non-profit boards and committees such as Disability Rights California, Federal Government’s Projects of National Significance, World Institute on Disability, Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services.  He is the founder and president of Disability Rights Enforcement Education Services. Patrick’s artwork has been used to promote world-class museum events and to raise funds for animal rescue projects. It is an expression of his experience of disability as well as other dimensions of his past, passions, and identity.