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

Meetings on Wednesdays via ZOOM from 6:30–8:00 pm. (FREE!)

January 12, 2022

Evidence-Based Positive Behavior Management for Individuals with I/DD

Dr. Mankowski will provide an overview of the evidence-based positive behavior management strategies used with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and equip caregivers and professionals with approaches to support behavior improvement.

Jean Mankowski, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the CIDD

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February 9, 2022

Disability and Dating: Romantic Relationships – A PANEL DISCUSSION –

(For Higher-Functioning Individuals with I/DD) Panel of Self-Advocates Moderated by Michelle Ballasiotes, BSPH, OTS Occupational Therapy Student and LEND Self-Advocate Trainee

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March 9, 2022

Prioritizing Mental Health and Reducing Suicide Risk for People on the Autism Spectrum

People on the autism spectrum experience high rates of mental health concerns. Dr. Maddox will share information about available evidence-based supports and resources.

Brenna Maddox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, UNC Department of Psychiatry Implementation Scientist, UNC TEACCH Autism Program

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April 13, 2022

Getting out of the House: Recreational and Social Opportunities for Children with Significant Neurodevelopmental Challenges – A PANEL DISCUSSION –

(For Lower-Functioning Individuals with I/DD)
Panel of Self-Advocates and Parents
Moderated by Anna Ward, MA, MFA – Director of Advocacy and Inclusion at CIDD

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May 11, 2022

Addressing the Sexual Violence Epidemic in the I/DD Community

This presentation will provide up-to-date 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 challenges pertaining to reporting and accessing services and existing supports. They will also discuss the modified Sexuality and Relationship Education (SRE) group offered at the CIDD and will introduce several strategies and concepts to protect self and others from sexual violence.

Morgan Parlier, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker at CIDD Margaret DeRamus, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist at CIDD

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September 14, 2022

Introduction to Assessing and Treating Trauma in Individuals with I/DDs

Dr. Mankowski will review how experiences of trauma manifest in individuals with I/DDs and discuss important modifications for assessing and treating subsequent mental health and trauma reactions.

Jean Mankowski, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the CIDD

October 12, 2022

Let's Talk Transition! - A Panel Discussion

Join us for a candid panel discussion on the transition experience for people with IDD – with Students & Families, Educators and Professionals. We also want to hear from YOU! Moderated by Kenneth Kelty Disability Advocate, CIDD; Administrative Assistant and Self Advocate, The Arc of the Triangle; Motivational Speaker and Policy Advocate
...with a panel of Self-Advocates, Parents, & Professionals

November 9, 2022

Feeding and Eating Related Experiences in the I/DD Community: Addressing Challenges and Exploring Resources

This talk provides a review of feeding and eating concerns common among individuals with I/DD in addition to strategies for addressing those concerns.

Adrianne A. Harris, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, CIDD, UNC School of Medicine

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