Michelle Hernandez,PhD., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in 2011. As a Latina with a physical disability and a first generation college graduate, Michelle brings a witty and charming style to discussing real life topics such as culture, prejudice, and overcoming adversity in a discriminating society. Her presence and open mindedness brings a genuine liveliness to her speaking engagements.
Dr. Hernandez’ areas of specialty include physical disability, PTSD, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She trains doctoral level students regarding the various aspects of disability, is passionate about disability advocacy, and is an inspirational public speaker. She is an Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, and served for 6 years on the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Oakland, California. Most recently, she became a Board of Directors member for Easy Does It, a nonprofit agency serving emergency needs for those with disabilities. Also, she was appointed as a council member for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority where she serves on the Policy Advisory Council in San Francisco. She is the current 2018 Ms. Wheelchair California and travels the state making presentations while doing outreach.
This area of exploration looks at the various aspects of education through the lenses of disability. Through digital media and experiential exercises, topics covered range from the beginning of the disability rights movement, current standards of the Americans with Disability Act., Section 504A,and the Educational IDEA Act., There is also a component of elementary, college and secondary educational rules and regulations which are represented.
Here you will find a guide regarding people with disabilities . Everybody has an individual journey with specific needs and accommodations. A critical factor here is knowing your rights and responsibilities when it comes to disability. The goal is to help you change the way you perceive the stigma of disability and manifest a positive transformation.
Through a lifetime of adversity. Michelle takes us on a rollercoaster of adventure. She discusses growing up in a hospital , the experimental medicine and invasive procedures she underwent, and thepsychological ramifications therein.
Topics included but not limited to
Family: Childhood Experiences
Culture: Being a Latina
Motherhood: Being a Mom with a Disability
College : First generation college graduate
Who is this "Guru" anyway?
Producer, Valerie Branch interviews the host of Disability Guru, Dr. Michelle Hernandez. Learn why the podcast came into existence, a bit about Michelle and some sneak peeks about upcoming episodes.
Michelle talks with amazing sound wizard Jim LeBrecht about growing up with spinabifida and how that informed his childhood, education, and career. Learn about his upcomming project: Crip Camp.
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