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Meet Sue Felner, Longtime Advocate For Children with Special Needs 

Meet Sue Felner, Longtime Advocate For Children with Special Needs 

Fort Lauderdale, FL

I grew up in New York in a very cultural family; my sister was a concert cellist, my brother was a talented musician, and my mother was a musician and artist.

Although I was born with a significant hearing loss in both ears, my mother took a stand for me to never see myself as disabled. I played string instruments, wrote, and studied art, and enjoyed playing many sports. We were a loving family but had a great deal of difficulty expressing that in words.

My passion and understanding for the disabled caused me to become a special needs teacher. I taught special needs students for 39 years in three different school districts. I also ran special needs programs in several schools and enjoyed providing support to families. While teaching, I created an after school event in a middle school called the Friendship Shop, a creative writing class, which was devoted to creating friendship and leadership with autistic students and non-disabled students in my school. 

After retiring from the Broward County Schools, my sister, brother and I inherited a large collection of paintings my mother painted. These paintings sat in a warehouse for 7 years until I recently connected up with Clare Vickery of Grace Arts FL and asked for her support in getting my mother’s art work out into the world for everyone to enjoy - a world that anything is possible. That hope is now coming to fruition as the art will be highlighted during the "Reinterpreting the Pioneer" Exhibit which opens in December in Fort Lauderdale.

It is the intention that part of the proceeds be used to create an after school program for autistic and regular education students to excel in the arts together. 

I hope you will join us in this worthy cause!

What: Join Sue Felner and Friends at 'Reinterpreting the Pioneer' Exhibit

Where: Fort Lauderdale History Museum at the Historic New River Inn, 231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311.

When: Friday December 2, Doors open at 6:00 PM with a Press and Invitation only reception. Presentation by Author Gary Monroe begins at 7:00 PM.

Exhibition opens to the general public Sunday, December 4 from 12 - 5 PM.

Curators: Lisa Stone of Lisa Stone Arts and Clare Vickery of Grace Arts Center.

Also catch Sue Felner on Blog Talk Radio on the Show Game On Radio with Jerry Jacob on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 11am EST. 

Funding for this organization and project provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council