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2020 CIDD "Virtual" Community Talk Series

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

Meetings via ZOOM - Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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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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.

August 12, 2020

Jean B. Mankowski, PhD

Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at CIDD

“Positive Behavior Management Strategies for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities During COVID-19 Times”

Dr. Mankowski will provide an overview of evidence-based strategies for positive behavior management in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and equip caregivers and professional with positive strategies to support behavior improvement.

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September 2, 2020

Holly Crane Watkins, MPH

Business Development and Public Relations Manager, The Arc of North Carolina

Voting for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

This talk will cover basic information and issues about voting in the November 2020 election. We will talk about several issues including, access to voting, voting advocacy, and mail-in voting vs. in person voting.

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September 9, 2020

Sara E. Stanton, MA, NCC (Nationally Certified START Coordinator)

Clinical Director – NC START East

“Law Enforcement and ID/DD: Strategies for Success”

To explore the interactions between law enforcement and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as provide strategies for increasing successful outcomes integrating a systems perspective.

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October 14, 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.

Zion Gardner

Zion is the second oldest of five siblings, one of which, his youngest sister, has Down Syndrome. He attends Savannah College of Art and Design and is majoring in Film and Television. In his spare time Zion enjoys writing stories and playing video games.

*Moderated by Jean Mankowski, PhD

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Due to unforeseen circumstances this talk has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for Spring 2021


Darrin L. McNeill

- President, Founder, Owner and Director of Serenity Therapeutic Group Home

Michael A. Morris

- NCHR Talent Recruiter, HR & Sales Consultant, Parent

“Finding Serenity and Joy Through Collaboration and Compassion”

December 12, 2020

Crystal Grant, JD/MSW

Interim Director, Duke Children’s Law Clinic

“Advocating for Students with Disabilities”

This presentation will cover strategies for advocating for students with disabilities under federal law and the North Carolina policies.

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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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