November 11, 2022
For this episode of the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal (DDNJ) Author Insights podcast, we are bringing our listeners something a little different. We've had the immense privilege to have Jacy Farkas and Dr. Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg work with us as guest editors on the upcoming special issue of the DDNJ, focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Be sure to watch for the publication of this issue soon, and take a listen to this episode to learn about how Lydia and Jacy became involved in the disability field and how they bring their values into their work.
Full transcripts are available in English and in Spanish on our website at https://idrpp.usu.edu/about/developmental-disabilities-network-journal
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Jacy Farkas is the Assistant Director of the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she helps oversee multiple efforts related to person-centered practices, transition, and information dissemination. Jacy has been a long-time leader within the AUCD Multicultural Council and has a reputation as an incredible collaborator and advocate. She also serves as a leadership institute mentor for the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University, and she has contributed to multiple projects and publications related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the disability world. Jacy is currently in the process of completing her doctoral degree in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona and she also holds a Master's in Information Resources and Library Science and a bachelor's in Classical Studies.
Dr. Lydia Ocasio Stoutenberg has a long history in the DD network, and she's worked with DD Councils, with Parent-to-Parent health information Centers, and UCEDDs. She has also served in the leadership of AUCD's Multicultural Council with Jacy, and she was formerly a program manager for the Step-Up Assistive Technology Program at the University of Miami UCEDD. She is a qualitative researcher, she's a parent of a child with a disability, and she is a community advocate for children with disabilities and their families. She received her PhD in Special Education from the University of Miami and holds master's degrees in both biology and bioethics.
September 27, 2022
In this episode, we talked to Tabitha and Bob about their recent article in DDNJ titled, " Collaboration between Secondary Special Education Teachers and Community Rehabilitation Service Providers: A Focus Group Analysis" - a full transcript of this podcast is available in English and in Spanish.
Bob Morgan is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University. He is the Head of the Masters Program Committee and the Severe Disabilities Licensure Program. Bob worked in classrooms for elementary and secondary-aged students as a School Psychologist and Behavior Specialist for 12 years. His research focuses on transition of students with disabilities from school to adult services. He has authored three books, six book chapters, and nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has served as Principal Investigator for 41 grants totaling over $12 million dollars. Bob is Principal Investigator of the Doctoral Leadership Program in Interdisciplinary Transition at Utah State University. He is consulting editor and reviewer for several refereed journals including Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Teaching Exceptional Children.
Tabitha Pacheco is a veteran educator with classroom experience in public, charter, and digital education settings as a Teacher, Instructional Coach, Mentor, Special Education Director, and Educational Consultant. In addition to her classroom experience, Tabitha has serves on several boards and is Director of the Utah Teachers Fellows program, working with educators across the state to develop their leadership and policy expertise. Currently, she works with the Utah State Board of Education as the Special Education Mentor Specialist. In 2013, she was awarded the Utah State Office of Education “Significant Disabilities Teacher of the Year” for outstanding leadership and commitment to students with disabilities. Tabitha earned her M.Ed in Special Education from Utah State University and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Needs.
March 10, 2022
In this episode we interviewed Dr. Parthenia "Parthy" Dinora and Molly Dellinger-Wray to learn about the Leadership for Empowerment and Abuse Prevention (LEAP) program which is an abuse prevention intervention for people with intellectual disabilities. Parthy and Molly were co-authors on an article about this program and you can find the article about this program in the most recent issue of the Development Disabilities Network Journal here. We wanted to ask them about some of the key take-aways of their research, why such a program is necessary, and some of the stories behind the scenes of the research process. Full transcripts of this episode are available in English or Spanish.
Please be aware that we address sensitive topics in this episode including abuse and sexual assault. If you suspect such abuse or you or someone you know have been the victim of abuse, please visit this website to find the appropriate resources or to speak with someone who is trained to help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.
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Dr. Parthenia “Parthy” Dinora has been employed in the disability field for over 24 years, in her earlier years administering direct service projects focused on community participation for people with IDD, and over 20 years conducting research and evaluation studies on disability supports and services. She is the executive director of Virginia’s University Center for Excellence in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University which operates 40 projects that support people with IDD and their families in living full lives in community. She has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on multiple federal research grants examining outcomes of people with IDD and intervention-based studies examining the health and well-being of people with IDD. In all of these projects, people with disabilities and families provide strategic direction and serve in leadership roles. Also, as the parent of a child with a developmental disability, she is fully committed to shared leadership and alliance with people with disabilities and families.
Molly Dellinger-Wray, is a project manager at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities. Molly is a special educator and a parent who has sat on both sides of the IEP table and has more than 30 years experience supporting children and adults with disabilities in schools, homes and community settings. Molly Is an endorsed Positive Behavior Support Facilitator and a certified instructor in Person Centered Thinking and Stewards of Children. Molly’s professional goal is to help improve the quality of life for everyone through developing healthy relationships.
February 7, 2022
This episode is an interview with Dr. Samantha Ross and her coauthor, Bridgette Schram, about their article entitled "Promoting Inclusion of Adults with Disabilities in Local Fitness Programs: A Needs Assessment." This article can be found in the most recent issue of DDNJ, Volume Two, Issue One. So, by way of introduction, Dr. Samantha Ross is an assistant professor in the Physical Education Teacher Education program within the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at West Virginia University. Dr. Ross completed her doctoral training at Oregon State University, where she also received a Master of Public Health and Epidemiology. At Oregon State University, she served as coordinator for a peer mentor program partnering undergraduate students with adults with disabilities for weekly community-based physical activity. At WVU, she has partnered with the Center for Excellence in Disabilities to develop a peer-mentor Physical Activity and Health Program for post-secondary students with intellectual disabilities. Her goal as a researcher and an educator is to enhance the participation and opportunities of individuals with disabilities within physical activity and sport programs. I'm also joined today by Bridget Schramm. Bridget is a doctoral student in Public Health at Georgia State University, and she is also a graduate research assistant at the UCEDD at Georgia State, the Center for Leadership in disability. Bridget was a lead trainee in the 2020/2021 cohort and is active in the American Public Health Association Disability Section where she served as the student liaison. Bridget's research explores health disparities faced by people with disabilities, particularly examining how society constructs disabling environments that may prevent access and participation in the social determinants of health. Bridgette is also interested in the development and evaluation of community-based programs that support inclusive participation. She often applies these ideas and concepts to physical activity environments, which is supported by her master's in Kinesiology and her experience teaching and coaching individuals of all abilities.
Transcripts in English and Spanish are available here.
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