LEAD Business Resource Group to Host Lunch and Learn on May 20

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Want to learn more about the sports and activities available to people with disabilities in our area – or want to learn how you can participate or volunteer? Find out during this exclusive LEAD Lunch & Learn!

The Leadership, Education, and Awareness for Disabilities (LEAD) Business Resource Group is excited to host a virtual Lunch and Learn presentation on Thursday, May 20, at noon. Guest speakers from ACCESS of Wilmington and the Special Olympics will be providing information about their programs and answering your questions. Join us to learn more about what resources are available to team members and how to get involved in our community.

Who should attend:

  • This Lunch and Learn is exclusively for all NHRMC and Novant Health team members, focused on resources in the coastal region of North Carolina
  • Adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) or physical disabilities looking for targeted activities & resources
  • Veterans with disabilities
  • Parents of children with IDD or physical disabilities
  • Anyone seeking to better understand the challenges and resources available to those with disabilities

ZOOM Webinar Link: 


Webinar ID: 930 3587 7473

Passcode: 955674

Unable to attend the Lunch and Learn? Don’t worry: We are recording this presentation and link will be posted to the LEAD BRG webpage after the presentation.

For more information, contact Cori Dixon at [email protected].


Guest Speakers

Jennifer Bell, CTRS/LTR, MS, Family Support and Program Specialist, ACCESS of Wilmington, [email protected]

Jennifer, a North Carolina licensed and nationally certified recreation therapist, holds a master of science degree from East Carolina University and bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, both in recreation therapy. She served ACCESS of Wilmington as Executive Director from 2014-2017 and is passionate about health and wellness programs and sharing resources for individuals living with disabilities and their families.

Brooke DeAmaral, New Hanover County Coordinator, Special Olympics North Carolina, [email protected]

Brooke DeAmaral has been involved with Special Olympics for 17 years. Brooke is very passionate about offering programming and social opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities because her sister has an intellectual disability. Brooke started volunteering for Special Olympics Kansas when she was 11 years old and moved to coaching and helping run events while there. Brooke moved to North Carolina in 2016 and continued coaching and volunteering on the local committee for Special Olympics New Hanover County, until taking the position as local coordinator in 2019. Brooke’s goal is to offer as many sporting and social opportunities as possible for the athletes in our county, and is always looking to see how she can improve and adapt current activities.

About BRG’s & LEAD

Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are voluntary employee-led groups designed to bring together team members who share common characteristics and life experiences. Formed as part of the NHRMC Health Equity strategic plan initiative, BRGs bring together employees who share a passion for helping to meet the needs of underrepresented groups. BRGs help those who may face challenges achieving better health due to social factors such as race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.

LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Awareness for Disabilities) is committed to support employees with disabilities and their advancement; advocating for proportionate representation at all levels within our facility; and promoting positive work/life balance for all.