Focus on Family and Disability
Live Stream on Tuesdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm
The Focus on Family and Disability Seminar Series is a forum to educate diverse audiences about current issues, policies, research, and evidence-based approaches in health, education, and disability to improve outcomes for children with disabilities/special needs and their families. Target audience includes graduate students, faculty, service providers, community stakeholders, and family members.
March 9, 2021 – Parenting a Child of Color on the Autism Spectrum
Danyale Sturdivant, MSSW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Parent Advocate
In this highly personal narrative, the presenter, a mother of a child with autism and a licensed clinical social worker, describes her own journey of adjustment to the reality of her child’s autism.
Sharon King, President, Taylor’s Tale Public Charity and Grassroots Organization
As a parent of a child with a rare disease, Sharon King has lived experience with the role of caregiver. Join in on this presentation to understand what resources are available for parents and caregivers and learn how to improve access to the resources.
September 8, 2020 – Navigating special education in light of COVID-19
Sherry H. Thomas, Director | Exceptional Children Division
Learn everything parents with children who have disabilities need to know now about public education during COVID-19! The director of the Exceptional Children’s Division at the NC Dept. of Public Instruction will share guidance, tools, and resources to support special education students and to keep parents informed and updated.
Stacey Harward, BSW, Community Engagement Specialist
North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services
This session aims to help reframe the perspective of community members to a rights-based model, that avoids tokenism, increases inclusion and participation, and mobilizes for change that enrich the lives of all people.
November 10, 2020 – Infant and Early Child Mental Health
Mary Wise, LCSW, Bilingual Clinician | Center for Child and Family Health, Duke University
Mary will explore the impact of trauma and adversity on young children, from infancy through preschool age.
December 8, 2020 – Finding the Supports You Need — Panel Presentation
Panelists: Abbie Szymanski, NCCARE 360 | Carol Cranford, Family Support Network of North Carolina | Ginger Wilder, Care Management for At Risk Children (CMARC)
This panel discussion will highlight services and resources available to families with children who have special needs during COVID-19 and beyond.
January 12, 2021 – Diversity in Neurodivergence: Girls and Women with Autism
Caroline Garrett, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Autism Self-Advocate
This seminar provides participants with an overview of autism in girls and women, including an introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm and identity-first language. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss successes and challenges in their fields and collaborate on methods to improve gender-competent care for individuals with autism.
February 9, 2021 – Connections Matter: Building caring connections to improve resiliency
Taylor McDonald, Partnership Engagement Manager | Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Taylor will be summarizing information on linking early brain development, trauma, resilience and community, connections and resources and will instruct participants how to leverage this campaign in your local community.