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The Focus on Family and Disability Seminar Series is a forum to educate diverse audiences from students and faculty to service providers, community stakeholders, and family members. The series is offered in conjunction with the Family Support Network.

Program topics include current issues, policies and research, and evidence-based approaches in health, education, and disability. 


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Focus on Family and Disability Seminar Series programs for 2022-2023 have come to a close! 

We are planning our 2023-2024 academic year’s programs; and, if you have a few minutes,

we would love your input!  Survey here. We appreciate your participation in UNC School of Social Work’s CE programming!


Individuals with IDD/Special Needs, Self-Advocates, and their families can attend Focus on Family and Disability Seminars for FREE.


Past Programs: Fall 2022 – Spring 2023


T. Willliams headshotApril 11, 2023 – Building Equitable Solutions for Black Children in Special Education

Trainer: Toyia Williams, LCSW



Headshot of Diane Britz

March 14, 2023 – The Importance of Early Relationships

Trainer: Diane BritzLCSW




Headshot of Blaise MorrisonFeb. 14, 2023Engaging IDD Stakeholders and Families as Partners in Research

Trainer: Blaise Morrison, Ph.D., HSP-P, CRC, LPC(OH)




Headshot of Linda Kendall FieldsJan. 10, 2023 – Rethinking Guardianship: Updates on Making Alternatives a Reality in NC

Trainer: Linda Kendall Fields, M.Ed.


Headshot of Eileen SladeHeadshot of Maggie RobbinsDec. 13, 2022 – A Strengths-Based Approach to Supporting Families and Children with IDD

Trainers: Eileen Slade, LCSW, and Maggie Robbins, RDT 



Headshot of Shagun GaurNov. 8, 2022 – Working with Families from India and Understanding Autism

Trainer: Shagun Gaur


Headshot of Ann RodriguezOct. 11, 2022 – Medicaid Transformation in Plain Language: A Family-Focused Conversation about Standard and BH/IDD Tailored Plans

Trainer: Ann Rodriguez, MHA




Headshot of Elizabeth CraisSept. 13, 2022 – Introduction to the NC Family Navigation Guide: A new online resource to support your work with families

Trainer: Elizabeth Crais, Ph.D.