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Brieanna Iyomahan, Communications Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2017

Brieanna Iyomahan

Brieanna Iyomahan was a Communications Apprentice at RespectAbility, where she worked on changing the narrative in Hollywood to ensure accurate and positive cultural media portrayals of people with disabilities. She also managed RespectAbility’s Facebook page.

Iyomahan’s early exposure to special education through volunteering in her mother’s classroom made her passionate about disability rights, especially concerning education. Her passion has driven her to promote equality through education within the classroom as well as in the community.

She has experience with teaching skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that will help them succeed in social situations. Additionally, she also has educated the community through her research on police interactions with people who have ASD, which she presented at the 2014 Rise Above conference at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2015, she helped organize the Rise Above conference, exposing the student population to important issues in disability policy.

Iyomahan is a rising senior with a double major in Psychology and Early Childhood/Special Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Iyomahan profiled Eleanor Clift, a guest speaker for the 2017 Summer Apprenticeship. Read it on our website:


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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Brieanna Iyomahan

Brieanna Iyomahan is a Communications Fellow. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her early exposure to special education made her passionate about disability rights, especially concerning educational issues.

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