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2020 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  

February 12,2020

Danyale Sturdivant, MSSW, LCSW, NADD-DDS

“Parenting a Child of Color on the Autism Spectrum”

This is an opportunity to hear the story of a mother’s challenges and rewards of parenting a child of color on the autism spectrum. The speaker will be sharing techniques that parents can use to advocate for their child within the education system and how to better communicate their child’s needs.

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March 11, 2020

Jennifer Mahan

Director of Public Policy - Autism Society of North Carolina

“Current Issues in Developmental Disability Advocacy: What’s Happening and What You Can Do”

Ms. Mahan will present on current policy issues affecting people with developmental disabilities, including the budget, Medicaid Transformation, changes to voting laws, and other topics.

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April 8, 2020

Ann Palmer, BA
Baiyina Muhammad, Ph.D.

"Changing Paths: Post-Secondary Options
Pathways for Students with Disabilities"

The speakers, both parents of young men with ASD, will describe their sons’ college experiences - one in a program supporting students with I/DD, and one fully included with general campus supports. Discussion will include challenges students with autism or I/DD often face, how to access supports, the parent’s role in supporting the student, and how parents can prepare the student for a successful transition to college.

May 13, 2020


Panel Discussion:

“Growing up with a sibling with I/DD”

Sarah Palmer

Sarah is a school psychologist in the Alamance-Burlington School System. She is active on the district's autism team and conducts bilingual evaluations across the county. Sarah has an older brother on the autism spectrum.

Whitney Griffin, PhD

Whitney is a psychology post-doctoral fellow and Education Specialist at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and has a younger brother with Autism. Whitney also works in a postdoctoral role at the Psychoeducational Clinic at North Carolina State University.

Zakiya Morris

Zakiya is a first-year student at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a psychology major and wants to pursue a career in audiology. She has two older siblings, a brother and a sister - her brother has CHARGE Syndrome.

Brook Galesic

Brook has a younger brother with Prader Willi Syndrome. Inspired by her brother, she became a special educator for Wake County Public Schools. She is active in specialized recreation and is the coach for her brother’s Miracle League baseball team.

Moderated by Jean Mankowski, PhD

Dr. Mankowski, a psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the CIDD, is also the director of training for the NC LEND grant. Clinical duties include psychological or interdisciplinary evaluations of individuals with or at risk for developmental disabilities, including children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She also is the psychologist for the Behavior Medicine Clinic, specializing in individuals with severe behavioral or psychiatric difficulties

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

Dissemination | 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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