Speakers and Dialogue Leaders: Keith Jones
Keith Jones is the Founder, President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. An organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access, inclusion and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and, conducts trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities.
Mr. Jones over the past years has been recognized locally and national as a strong advocate on a wide breath of issues. Over his years as and advocate Mr. Jones has been awarded New Leadership Development Award From The President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The Commonwealth Coalition’s Progressive Leadership Award; in 2006 her was the first person of color to receive the Moro Fleming Consumer Involvement Award from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Mr. Jones is graduate of the inaugural class of Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership. Also, in 2008 long shot 2008 U S Senatorial bid based on “Fulfilling America’s Promise”, and most recently received the Disability Law Center’s 2011 Individual Leadership Award.
Mr. Jones in his role as an advocate is a public speaker on the issues and topics that range from Education and employment to Health Care and Home and Community Based Services Intersection of Community Business and Public Policy Disability Rights and Inclusion. Most recently Mr. Jones has been featured in two critically acclaimed documentaries Dan Habib’s “Including Samuel” and Maggie Dobenís “Labeled Disabled”.
As an artist Mr. Jones has composed award winning song with his father as well as, received critical praise for his role of Killer P in the independent comedy “Special Needs”. Bill Gibron of Popmasters.com wrote, “The clear breakout star here is someone called Killer P. A bad ass gansta rapper with cerebral palsy, if he’s not the future of urban culture, no one is. He’s a classic character (or a great find) and almost instantly demands the making of a solo feature all his own. Every moment he’s on screen is worth savoring and repeating. Heís gutbustingly great.”
Mr. Jones has been called “a pioneer” in the disability rights movement and it is truly committed to progressive effective change. Mr. Jones hopes that by contributing to the dialog and working to create and improve on policies and attitudes, everyone will be able to pursue reaching their full potential. Which is why he believes in the mission of SoulTouchin’ Experiences so strongly.