Kenneth Moore has faced a great deal of adversity in his life, and still does to this day living with an array of physical and psychological challenges. Despite the challenges he has faced, Kenneth has become a proud husband and father to his newly born son Blake. On top of these accomplishments he is also an author, artist, and public speaker. Kenneth has displayed his art at various galleries and has participated in many speaking engagements with organizations such as the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), The Arc, and Augsburg College. In 1997 Kenneth wrote the first draft of his book Makin’ it entitled The Boy Who Has a Good Life. It was described to me by Kenneth as just a plain white booklet containing the story of his life. In 2013 Kenneth’s expanded version of his biography entitled Makin’ It was published.
On October 28th, 2015 Kenneth was invited to have a table at the 25 Years of the ADA Conference in Saint Paul Minnesota to display his art and to sell his book. It had been a while since Kenneth was able to do anything with his art because he has been really busy since his son was born back in April, so this was a great opportunity for Kenneth to get back out there doing what he loves. While we were at the event Kenneth was able to network with many people in various fields. He was approached by many different organizations interested in having him speak about his experience living with disabilities as it relates to diversity. Kenneth was also able to make some really excellent connections with conference attendees who have children with disabilities. Being a parent of a young child with a disability can be challenging and at times scary, but from seeing their reactions I believe that meeting Kenneth shed some light on the fact that their child’s future is just as bright as any other child’s.
From this experience at the ADA conference Kenneth is really looking forward to getting back into doing more of the work he loves. With the help of Kenneth’s mother Cynthia Moore who is an avid advocate for individuals with disabilities, we will be keeping our eyes peeled for more events and art shows for Kenneth to participate in.
If you are interested in learning more about Kenneth Moore and his life story his book is available for purchase at https://www.createspace.com/4421754
Author and photo credits: Ashley Wirig, Employment Consultant