HomeMicah Fialka-Feldman is a student, national speaker, and pioneer who fights for disability-pride, justice, and inclusion. He is part of the first wave of adults with intellectual disabilities attending college and has been fully included in school and community. Micah currently lives in Syracuse N.Y. where he takes classes for his 2015 Certificate in Disability Studies at Syracuse University. He is teaching Assistant at School of Education and works at the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education. In May of 2014, Micah was appointed by President Obama to President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
�Micah is an incredibly engaging person, something evident through hearing his speeches and by simply spending time with him. He embodies the true concept of community in his spirit and in all walks of his life. Meet him, and you have the instant opportunity to connect, share ideas, and ask questions with an open door to facilitate true understanding and spark important dialogue. His persistent curiosity and desire to connect with people and the world reminds us all to listen, to be present, to question, and to work diligently making sure that everyone's voices are always both heard and at the table, opening the door for true inclusion, community, and equality.�
�Barbara Buswell, Executive Director of PEAK Parent Center, Colorado (peakparent.org)
�Micah is the new Ed Roberts.�
�Ari Ne'eman, Founding President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (autisticadvocacy.org) Ed Roberts is considered one of the leaders of the disability rights movement.
�Micah shows us all not only what is possible in his future, but what should be possible
for all students. He is charming, funny, and thinks outside the box. He has a lot to each us about what is possible in life.�
�Meg Grigal, co-author, Think College (thinkcollege.net)
Micah Latest Article http://falk.syr.edu/feature/projectethics.aspx
Syracuse University's Project Ethics filmed for upcoming documentary
In 2013, Falk College associate professor of public health, Dr. Katherine McDonald, received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to address the pressing need for scientific knowledge to improve the health of persons with intellectual disability.
During the study, an expert panel created a survey administered to 500 people across the U.S. to learn about their views on doing research with adults with an intellectual disability. One of the panel members was Micah Fialka-Feldman, a Syracuse University student, teaching assistant, and staff member. Feldman, who will graduate in May 2015 with a certificate in Disability Studies, helped design the Project ETHICS survey and assisted with recruitment and sharing findings. During the project, McDonald was contacted by documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib, an Emmy-nominated creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and many others on disability-related topics.
Habib is the filmmaker at the Institute on Disability (UCEDD) at the University of New Hampshire, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) in 2014. Fialka-Feldman also serves on the PCPID, and for the past year, he has been filmed periodically by Habib for an upcoming film with the working title, Intelligent Lives.
Micah is featured in a forthcoming documentary by the award-winning filmmaker, Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel). Watch the 14 minute trailer of Intelligent Lives (working title) which explores how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.
Summer 2014: Micah was appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Micah Fialka-Feldman, Appointee for Member, President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Micah Fialka-Feldman is a Teaching Assistant/Peer Trainer with Peer2Peer at Syracuse University, a position he has held since 2012. He was an intern at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2013. He has served on a number of boards, including the Governing Board for National Youth Leadership Network, the National Project Advisory Committee for the Center for Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, and the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. Additionally, he maintains a blog about challenges he faces as an adult with intellectual disabilities. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Family Voices. Mr. Fialka-Feldman graduated from the Options Program at Oakland University
Summer 2013: Micah receives internship at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in Washington D.C.
December 2012: Micah celebrates one year in Syracuse and is "so happy in life right now."
January 2012: Micah moves to New York to work at Syracuse University.
Read Micah's story, "The next door I want to open."
2010 Micah wins legal battle to live on-campus housing at Oakland University. For more information on the case, please click here.
Micah Moves In!
Filmed & Produced by Oren Goldenberg, http://ourschoolproductions.com
Hear from one of Oliver Hersey reflect on his relationship with Micah. Oliver is a friend of Micah’s who has been part of Micah’s journey since high school.