April 26, 2016

Words for Action

Bryan Dooley ’13 is using his gift for writing to be a compelling advocate for people with disabilities. As a blogger for Huffington Post and other publications, he brings to life the skills and mindset he developed at Guilford College.

“I find it rewarding that I have been able to use my principled problem solving scholars experience to go right into important policy work on a variety of disability issues, “ Bryan says. “One of my biggest advocacy projects right now is pushing for enforcement of a disability state law that has been on the books since 2007. It involves teaching disability awareness and history in all North Carolina schools.”

Bryan’s community involvement is far-reaching and includes service with Disability Rights North Carolina; Youth Leadership Forum; The Adaptables, Center for Independent Living; Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities; and Advancing Strong Leadership in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

He says he “learned how to learn” at Guilford and continues to study things very thoroughly in his commitment to uphold Core Values and pursue social justice. Eventually, Bryan sees himself going to graduate school as he works to play an ever-more active and important role in addressing disability issues.