The Art of Not Judging a Book By its Cover

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Misericordia University

Craig Dietz, JD
Assistant City Solicitor, City of Pittsburgh

Craig Dietz challenges and inspires audiences by heightening general awareness and sensitivity toward people with disabilities. Craig will talk candidly about his life experiences, focusing primarily on the way people have reacted to him, and assumptions that people have made about him. He will then open the discussion for questions, and facilitate a discussion of best practices by discussing specific scenarios. Nationally known, this presenter brings humor and understanding to an area of social interaction that people often feel uncomfortable discussing.

Craig Dietz was born on April 13, 1974 and grew up in the rural town of St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Despite being born without limbs, Craig was a very active kid—bowling in a league, hunting, fishing, playing percussion in the school band, and was a member of his high school honor society. Craig graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1996, with a B.A. in political science. At Duquesne, he was involved with the Campus Ministry and a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1999 and passed the bar exam on his first attempt, without any special accommodations. Craig worked as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Harrisburg until 2006 when he took the same position with the City of Pittsburgh.

In addition to hunting, fishing, skiing, bowling and playing volleyball, Craig always had a passion for swimming. But, it wasn’t until 2008 that he decided to start training for long distance open water swimming and completed the 1500 meter swim in the Pittsburgh Triathlon in 40:20. That one race was all it took for Craig to become hooked on the competition of triathlon and open water swimming.

Craig has lived independently since graduating from high school, and currently resides with his wife in Harrisburg, PA. Craig’s story has been featured on ESPN’S show E:60, as well as ESPN The Magazine, and KDKA-TV News in Pittsburgh.

Of special interest to health professionals who are working with persons with disabilities, as well as faculty and students in health care programs such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, physicians, and nurse practitioners.

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