One of the speakers - and the one who wowed - is Kirk Selden. The guy is a streetsmart hustler. And confident man about town.
Proof of that is that he holds down two jobs. And he's pushing for a third. He also dazzled the group at lunch with his digital know-how. That third job could be coaching us Baby Boomers in digital .
Kirk has lived up to his potential, explains his mother Deb Selden, because he received early-intervention education and training. The Seldens lived near Sam and Ruth Teitelman. They were struggling with finding a home for their profoundly disabled son Philip. Long story short, they established Vantage Group - a radical concept of group homes for back then. They also were involved in other initiatives for those with disabilities.
The Seldens connected the dots. They got Kirk enrolled in a nursery school which provided training in those early childhood skills. Otherwise Kirk would have withered at home, isolated. After he outgrew that nursery, his mother pushed to find another suitable school for additional training. The rest is history.
Kirk isn't treated as any poster boy for the potential of the disabled. He is simply an example of what any human being who receives a lucky break early in life and takes full advantage of that opportunity can accomplish.