FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2016
Contact: Nina G
Learning Disability and ADHD Communities Discover Hilarious Benefactor
San Francisco, CA: Nina G (stand-up comedian, author, Disability advocate, and professional speaker) is happy to announce her new collaboration with Parents Education Network (PEN) of San Francisco, a grassroots organization that supports and empowers individuals with Learning Disabilities and their families. Every few months, Nina chooses a nonprofit serving in the disabled community and donates a portion of her professional speaking fees. In addition to funds, Nina contributes her various social media outlets to publicly supporting that organization and their work. The first organization Nina selected was YO! Disabled and Proud, which connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities ages 16 to 28. The second organization she chose was the National Stuttering Association, where Nina raised money to provide scholarships for young people at the organization’s annual conference. Nina now turns her attention to Parents Education Network.
Parents Education Network is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students, and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention disabilities. When Nina was diagnosed with a Learning Disability in third grade, her parents had very little help finding information about their rights. Today, PEN fills this void for many parents with its vast network of programs and resources. PEN also helps young people with LD foster a sense of pride and advocacy through Student Advisors For Education (SAFE).
Nina’s recent donation to PEN will go towards helping community college students attend EdRev, an annual event held by PEN in San Francisco’s ATT Park (Nina served as MC for EdRev last year). The day is marked with amazing keynote speakers, workshops, information booths, youth participation, and other fun activities (like getting to run around the SF Giants baseball diamond). “I love seeing so many young people being proud of the way they think,” Nina says of the event. “It’s something I just didn’t have when I was kid. To be there with other people who think differently and celebrate those differences is so empowering. I hope my contributions to PEN help bring more participants to this awesome event!”
A portion from all of Nina’s paid speaking engagements will go to PEN from July 2016 to April 2017 (when EdRev happens). She will also be doing outreach to community colleges in the Bay Area to encourage attendance of their students with Learning and Attentional Disabilities. To learn more about PEN and EdRev, visit EdRevSF.org. For more on Nina G, refer to the information below.
Nina G can be contacted at:
Facebook Fan Page: Facebook.com/ninagcomedian
Twitter: @ninagcomedian (occasional adult content)
About Nina G: Nina G is the west coast’s only female stand-up comedian who stutters and has Learning Disabilities. She is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author, and educator. She employs humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity. Her book, Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities has been used in classrooms across the country to teach children and teens how to self-advocate.
When she isn’t playing comedy clubs like the San Francisco Punchline or the Laugh Factory, she’s performing at colleges and presenting as a keynote speaker to training professionals and children with disabilities. Nina is part of , an all-disabled comedy troupe that brings laughter and awareness to audiences across the country.