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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 are available! Register to attend.

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

This year all programs will be held via livestream on the second Tuesday of the month, from 12-1:30 pm ET. Past programming is available as self-paced courses, which you can access below.

Fall 2022 Programs

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Headshot of Elizabeth Crais

Sept. 13, 2022 Introduction to the NC Family Navigation Guide: A new online resource to support your work with families 

Trainers: Rebecca Pretzel, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Crais, Ph.D.


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Oct. 11, 2022Medicaid Transformation in Plain Language: A Family-Focused Conversation about Standard and BH/IDD Tailored Plans

Trainer: Ann Rodriguez


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

Trainer: Shagun Gaur


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

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


Spring 2023 Programs

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

Trainer: Linda Kendall Fields, M.Ed.


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 Diane BritzMarch 14, 2023The Importance of Early Relationships

Trainer: Diane Britz, LCSW


Past Programs: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

Sept. 14, 2021The Mental Health Needs of Students during COVID-19: A Parent Perspective


Oct. 12, 2021 Using the PERMA Model to Work with Children and Youth with Co-occurring Mental Illness and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their Families


Nov. 9, 2021Supporting Person-Centered Integrated Health Care for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs


Dec. 14, 2021Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Silent Epidemic for 1 in 20


Jan. 11, 2022 A Good Life for the Whole Family: Supporting People in the Context of their Family


Feb. 8, 2022 Intersecting Identities, Intersecting Development: Supporting LGBTQ youth with disabilities


Mar. 8, 2022Developmental Monitoring and Screening: Your Role in Identifying Young Children with or at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder/Developmental Disabilities


Apr. 12, 2022Little Kids Have Mental Health Too! The EarlyWell Initiative: North Carolina’s Systemic and Policy Response