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Peckham Community Partnership Foundation Hosts October Speaker Series

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Peckham Community Partnership Foundation Hosts October Speaker Series

Stand-up Comic and Disability Advocate, Maysoon Zayid comes to Lansing

 

LANSING, Mich. – Tuesday, October 13 the  Peckham Community Partnership Foundation will host its biannual Speaker Series event in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This event features Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, actress and disability advocate.  With humor and compassion Zayid will share her story of family, culture and living with cerebral palsy while breaking into mainstream media.  

The greater Lansing community is invited to hear Zayid speak Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. The morning session will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon session from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The event will take place at Peckham Inc., 3510 Capital City Blvd.

To reserve complimentary seats, please call 517-492-8105, or email events@peckham.org with the following information: number of tickets, choice of session, name, phone number, and email address of contact person. Business casual attire requested. Limit 10 tickets per group; space is limited. For groups larger than 10, contact LeeAnn Martin at L2Martin@peckham.org.

Contact Shavonne Singleton at ssingleton@peckham.org for pre-event interviews.

Video Link:                 Ted Talk: “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one” – Maysoon Zayid

About Maysoon:         Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. She

received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University and is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Maysoon was a full-time On-Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and Huffington Post Live.

 

Maysoon's screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women's Enews. She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, an education and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children.

Zayid spends three months a year in the Palestinian territories, running an arts program for disabled and orphaned children in refugee camps. She helps the children use art to deal with trauma and bridge the gap between disabled and non-disabled children. Eighty percent of the funding for the camps comes from her comedy work.

About the Peckham Community Partnership Foundation

The Peckham Community Partnership Foundation is committed to supporting the initiatives, programs and services that help Peckham, Inc. fulfill its mission.  The Foundation helps fund services and programs where little other funding exists, filling critical gaps that can make a difference in the lives of those striving for independence.  The Peckham Community Partnership Foundation supports a variety of program initiatives, while also expanding its efforts to provide community enrichment, volunteerism and self-empowerment opportunities.

 

Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency.

 


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