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


Upcoming Programs: Spring 2024


April 9, 2024 –Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families

Trainer: Debi Best



Past Programs: Fall 2023 – Spring 2024


September 12, 2023 – School Success for Students in Special Education

Trainer: Karen Laughlin


October 10, 2023 – Preparing and Supporting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Professionals and Families

Trainers: Kelsey Smith, LMSWIMH-E & Julissa Thompson, MPH, IBCLC


November 14, 2023 – Advocacy 101 and Accessing Needed Care and Services in North Carolina

Trainer: Kirby L Morrow, MSW, Certified Health Advocate, QP MH/IDD


December 12, 2023 – Family Navigators Working with Culturally Diverse Families: A panel discussion

Trainers: Shagun Gaur, Mariella Maldonado, and Candy Ross


January 9, 2024 – Family Navigators/Family Partners Supporting Families

Trainer: Cindy Ehlers, MS, LCMHC

February 13, 2024 – Work Together NC: Turning Possibility into Opportunity for Adults with IDD

Trainer: Jackie Boheler, MS, OTR/L


March 12, 2024 – Postsecondary Education Options for Students with IDD

Trainers: Anna Ward and Kenneth Kelty