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2019 CIDD Community Talk Series

All are welcome! Join us to learn about recent advances in developmental disabilities. FREE!

CIDD Castelloe Conference Room 101 Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro, NC 27510  

January 9, 2019

Alex Griffin and Santana Douglas

Alex was diagnosed with ADD in first grade and later with autism as an adolescent. He is currently employed by the Autism Society of North Carolina. Santana is an early childhood educator.

“Autism, Dating and Marriage”

We will share our experiences with dating and marriage and how autism has shaped these experiences.

Facilitated by Whitney Griffin –

Alex’s sister and Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow and Education Specialist at the CIDD; Whitney also serves a Postdoctoral role at the Psychoeducational Clinic at NC State University.

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January 23, 2019

Anthony D. Nicholson

Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate Law, and Elder Law by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization

“Planning with Guardianship / ABLE accounts”

Special-needs planning for families with children with developmental disabilities including special needs trusts, guardianship, ABLE accounts and related matters.

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February 13, 2019

Morgan Parlier, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Work Faculty at the CIDD

“Modified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Intervention to enhance emotional regulation skills and to decrease challenging behaviors in adults with I/DD”

This presentation will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and modifications that can be made to adapt this

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March 13, 2019

Ann Palmer, B.A.

CIDD LEND Family Faculty

Elizabeth Kunreuther, LCSW, LCASA

Clinical Instructor - UNC Psychiatry’s Addictions and Detoxification Unit

“Substance abuse in the disability community”

Evidence suggests Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is increasing among the ASD/DD community. This presentation addresses awareness, prevention, and treatment of co-occurring SUD and ASD/DD.

April 10, 2019

Keith Howard, Esq.

Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Keith L. Howard, PLLC

“The Education Rights of Special Needs Children”

Mr. Howard will discuss the education rights of children with disabilities pursuant to state and federal laws.

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May 8, 2019

Hunter L Blanton, PhD

Parent Advocate and Educator, Former CIDD LEND Trainee

“Untangling Autism Genetics: Emerging Tools for Advocacy and Support”

An introduction to the genetic causes of Autism and the usefulness of genetic testing for families and individuals with Autism.

Sept. 11, 2019

Behavior Management for Parents and Caregivers of Individuals with I/DD

Jean Mankowski, PhD, Licensed Psychologist; CIDD Clinical Assistant Professor, NC LEND Training Director

Dr. Mankowski will provide an overview of evidence-based strategies for behavior management in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Numerous examples of positive behavioral support strategies used by parents and caregivers will be shared.

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October 9, 2019

Making the Transition:
A Panel Discussion with Individuals Successfully Navigating their Transition to Adulthood


Anna Coleman, Kenneth Kelty, and Mara Lewis

Moderated by:

McCafferty S. Kermon, BFA, LEND Self-Advocacy Faculty

This panel discussion features individuals from the disability community who are successfully transitioning into adulthood. They will share an evening of stories, questions and insights.

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November 13, 2019

ABLE ACCOUNTS – What is an ABLE Account?
– A Parent’s Perspective

Cheryl Walfall-Flagg, BA, LEND Fellow, ABLE Ambassador Alumni

An introduction to ABLE Accounts, explaining what they are, how to open an account, and how they can be used.

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December 4, 2019

Addressing the Sexual Violence Epidemic in the I/DD Community

Deborah Zuver, MA, LMFT, RDT,
Margaret DeRamus, MS, CCC-SLP,
and Morgan Parlier, MSW, LCSW

This presentation will provide current information regarding the epidemic of sexual violence impacting the I/DD community. Presenters will discuss the unique vulnerabilities that exist for people with I/DD, as well as the existing challenges pertaining to reporting, accessing services and supports. They will discuss successful model programs and introduce several strategies and concepts that can be utilized to teach healthy boundaries, assertiveness and decision-making skills to protect self and others from sexual violence.

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For more information, please contact For more information, please contact: Debbie B. Reinhartsen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 919-966-4138

Speech-Language Pathology Section Head
Associate Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
2019 CIDD Community Talk Series Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Light refreshments will be provided. Respite care is not available.

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