Washington State - Little Bit Making Strides Community Luncheon

Washington State - Little Bit Making Strides Community Luncheon

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:00pm

NBDC Director, Jane Dunhamn, will be a panelist.



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Stuart Pixley has been a Senior Attorney at Microsoft for 11 years where he currently supports the Azure Quantum Computing and Silicon Solutions teams. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked for over 10 years for several large law firms handling intellectual property and technology transactions. Stuart is a former leader and current member of the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association, is the former president and founding board member of the National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities, former commissioner of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights, has served on the Committee for Diversity for the Washington State Bar Association and is an inaugural and active member of the Microsoft Legal Affairs’ Disability Diversity Team. Born with cerebral palsy, he has significant hearing and vision loss and travels by electric wheelchair. He believes he owes his success in navigating challenges as a professional to foundational experiences growing up and a belief that diversity and disability community must be leveraged to achieve disability inclusion. Learn more


Jane Dunhamn’s work in disability related fields spans 50 years including serving at numerous national organizations, such as the National Federation of the Blind, and lecturing at highly respected universities, such as Princeton University. For the past two decades, her work has focused on the intersections of race and disability. She is the founding member and Director of the National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC), spearheading numerous initiatives and programs supporting Black individuals with disabilities, their family members, and other Black disability organizations. Jane and the NBDC’s dedication and accomplishments span the areas of employment, incarceration, public policy, education, referrals, and community living. Jane is the single parent of an adult daughter with a developmental disability who is employed by the US Department of Labor. Learn more


Amberley Snyder was born in 1991 in southern California. Growing up, Amberley’s family environment was very competitive—she found her niche in rodeo barrel racing. From a young age, Amberley had a great sense of communication with her horses and connected with them on a very personal level. In 2010, Amberley was on her way to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo when her truck slid off the road and rolled and she was ejected from the vehicle. The doctor’s prognosis was that she would never regain use or feeling below her waist. Only four months after the accident, she was back on her horse followed by earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and continuing her rodeo career. The Netflix movie Walk. Ride. Rodeo. is based on Amberley’s life, and she now helps others through professional speaking, social media, and clinics. She has let the challenges she faces refine her, not define her. Learn more


Ana Warner first visited the United States from Brazil in 1985. On her second visit in 1989 she met and married legendary Seahawks running back Curt Warner. Today, Ana is mom to four children including 26-year-old twin sons, Austin and Christian, who are profoundly affected by autism. After years of silence and isolation, she co-authored The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope with Curt. Ana is their boys’ devoted advocate, loving and caring for them while navigating challenges, from seeking a diagnosis, establishing routines, and creating safe environments, to helping them graduate from high school, find part-time employment, and after years of saving and planning, build a long-term housing solution. Ana recently completed coursework to practice as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Throughout the despair and hope, Ana and Curt found a way to keep their family together. Learn more

October 14, 2020 - 2:00pm