Will Fried

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Will Fried

Fort Hays State University

“It means the opportunity to bring others alongside you and have them in your corner to become champions together.”

We are proud to induct Will Fried into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Will Fried is currently a Grad Student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program at Fort Hays State University in Hays , Kansas. He will graduate in May 2022 with a Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University. As well as a Fulbright Alternate to Finland while being a full-time student, he is the Graduate Assistant in the Accessibility Services Office. He graduated from Salisbury University Magna Cum Laude in May 2020 with a Bachelors Degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Interpersonal Track.

He has been a former intern for International disability advocacy organizations TASH, APSE and the City of Salisbury, and Maryland Mayors Office. Will Fried has co-founded a new cross disability advocacy group called the Equal Access Advocacy Collective. He serves on several national and state disability committees which include, APSE Public Policy Committee, NASPA Disability Knowledge Community, Kansas Self Determined Transition Taskforce, Kansas Adult Community Advisory Board and serves on the student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at Fort Hays State University. He is also an accomplished high school basketball official across the United States.

He has been awarded the 2020-2021 NASPA IV-W Rising Star Award – Graduate Student, been given a Coin of Honor from Mayor Jake Day of Salisbury, Maryland in June 2020 and was named a Fulbright Alternate to Finland in 2020. In addition, Will Fried presents and gives talk around the country about disability advocacy, transition for high school students with disabilities, transformational leadership, self-determination and sports officiating.