He has worked with colleges and universities, including Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Guilford Technical Community College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I’ve volunteered in the YES Program (Youth Empowerment in the Schools), which was a disability awareness program for high school students,” Dooley said.

“I now serve as the chair for the North Carolina chapter of Disability Rights and sit on the boards of the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities, Solutions for Independence, N.C. Postsecondary Education Alliance, N.C. Empowerment Network, and I’m a social media content provider for  Bailey Liipfert III, a local lawyer who specializes in elder law and special-needs trusts.”

“I’ve also been certified by the Southeast ADA Center to be able to give non-legal advice/presentations about different aspects of the ADA. I’ve also been involved in various self-advocacy training seminars. I co-created a program with Chris Gentry, who works with the Family Support Network and is an employee of the school system. It was a program based on Partners in Policymaking called DATA (Disability Advocacy Training in Action).

You will find some of Bryan Dooley’s observations on his personal website at observationsfrombelow.com .

Keith Greenarch is the executive director of Solutions for Independence — formerly known as The Adaptables — an organization that works in Forsyth and surrounding counties to support independent living for people with disabilities.

“Bryan’s story is a testimony and encouragement for people with a disability that they can get an education, work, participate in the community, worship, dine out and shop. All about choices,” Greenarch said.

“We are proud to have Bryan on our board of directors.”

To learn more, go to Solutions for Independence