So excited to announce I'll be at two conferences in the next few months! I'll be at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2023 Convention & Expo in Louisville from Feb 28-March 4, delivering a presentation on Youth Engagement in Transition Planning on the 3rd with Alexandra Wong and Adene Karhan. And, I'll also be… Continue reading Upcoming Conference Appearances
Author: Derek I. Schmitz
I’m on Disability After Dark with Andrew Gurza!
Hey, y’all! I recorded an episode of Disability After Dark with Andrew Gurza and it’s out now! We discuss life as a disabled and queer teenager, my advocacy journey, my partner, and more! My episode, "Episode #320: Working toward a world where queerness and disability is loved and accepted, not just tolerated w/ Derek Schmitz"… Continue reading I’m on Disability After Dark with Andrew Gurza!
Hello. I wish I wasn't writing this. I don't even know where to start. Trigger warning for discussions of mass shootings, hate crimes against LGBTQ people, and Transgender Day of Remembrance. This morning, I woke up to news alerts of a shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs. The AP, CNN, and Washington Post… Continue reading Colorado Springs
Reflections on My Time at the Autoimmune Community Institute as I Exit
Today was my last day at the Autoimmune Community Institute after 13 months of amazing work with the most dedicated team of hardworking volunteers I have ever met. I was Outreach Coordinator. I wish I didn't have to leave, I love my position, but I needed to prioritize my energy and refocus on my mental… Continue reading Reflections on My Time at the Autoimmune Community Institute as I Exit
Archived Twitter Thread: Extra Life Game Day 2022
This is an archive of my 11/05/2022 thread on Extra Life Game Day 2022. The thread can be viewed here. I'm not streaming today for @ExtraLife4Kids gameday because my workload is insurmountable, but I do want to promote my hospital @ChildrensAL for a minute. They saved my life and I have some of the best… Continue reading Archived Twitter Thread: Extra Life Game Day 2022
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