Making Disability Less Abstract

Allan B. Goldstein spent more than 20 years as an actor in New York City, but he switched gears when his parents died and he became guardian to his intellectually disabled brother, Fred. … Now, Mr. Goldstein, a senior lecturer at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, holds center stage every semester in a course that pairs engineering students with adults who have disabilities. They work in small groups throughout the semester to create short films that highlight some aspect of the life of a person with disabilities. In February, Mr. Goldstein received the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, for demonstrating excellent teaching and community building. 


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