Work Matters for All: Personal Stories of Disability and Professional Success

Many thanks to our amazing panelists!

Berkeley College was honored to host Work Matters for All: Stories of Disability and Professional Success, October 18, 2017

Convened in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this panel discussion spotlighted individuals with physical, learning, and mental health disabilities who have been successful in a range of professional fields, including legal studies, journalism, human services, and workplace management. Berkeley College students, staff, and faculty gathered to hear about their unique achievements and challenges, their resources and support systems, and their advice for developing professional skills and pursuing dream-worthy career goals.


Edmund Asiedu

Edmund Asiedu
Disability Rights Activist, Policy Analyst

Edmund Asiedu was raised in Ghana. He was the National Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled Youth Wing from 2005 to 2009 and played a major role in the effort to pass the Ghana National Disability Act of 2006. He was attacked by the polio virus at the age of two, which resulted in his disability. He is an international disability rights activist, has a degree in social work from Lehman College, and is currently a Master’s in Public Administration candidate at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Edmund has worked with the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, D.C. and worked on leadership and community development with the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn. He finished his 4th NYC Marathon in 2016 and was a former Career Counselor at Berkeley College.

Amanda Burell

Amanda Burrill
Navy Vet, Journalist, Classically Trained Chef, Athlete, On-Air Host, Lifestyle Personality, Multiple Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Advocate

Amanda was a rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy, obtained her culinary degree at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu and received her master’s degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As a speaker and On-Air Host, Amanda is known for her humor, relatability and unrelenting curiosity and enthusiasm about culture, travel, food and drink, and body hacks. She is currently undergoing treatment for post-concussion syndrome related to two moderate traumatic brain injuries and five mild ones. She has completed Ironman and half Ironman triathlons, 18 marathons, is a fitness cover model, and writes two national lifestyle columns. Learn more about her work here.

Jes Osrow Jes Osrow
Founder and Coach, JOSROW Consulting;
Talent Advocate, Hired, focusing on diversity and inclusion

As the founder of JOSROW Consulting, Jes helps professionals transition into technology, level up their skills, and strengthen their personal brand. With Hired, she works as a career coach with 40-plus tech-job seekers weekly in multiple U.S. markets. When she is not chained to the computer or phone she spends time fostering kittens, appreciating the arts, and adventuring around the world. Jes herself works through two invisible disabilities, depression and anxiety. She recently completed the Managing Workplace Diversity & Inclusion program at New York University. Learn more about her work here.

Stephani Schendlinger Stephani Schendlinger, Esq.
Bankruptcy Attorney, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., NY

Stephani is a bankruptcy Attorney with Rosicki, Rosicki, & Associates, P.C. She was admitted to the New York State Bar this past May and regularly appears in bankruptcy court in the Eastern District of NY. During her last year of law school, she was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), a rare autoimmune disorder. As a result of the diagnosis, she can no longer drive, her ability to walk is severely limited, and use of her hands is also limited. While the diagnosis was life changing and overwhelming, Ms. Schendlinger demonstrated incredible strength and resolve by choosing to study for and passing the New York State Bar while hospitalized and receiving treatment. She continues to persevere in her dream of practicing law and remains committed to her journey. Ms. Schendlinger received her B.A. from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Touro Law Center.


Special thanks to Diversability for their assistance with this event. Diversability is an award-winning movement to rebrand disability through the power of community and Winner of the 2015 National Rehabilitation Association Bell Greve Memorial Award.

Additional Resources:
LibGuide- This guide is an accompanying resource to the celebration of Disability Awareness Month at Berkeley College.