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Ep. 3 Dr. Parthenia Dinora and Molly Dellinger-Wray, The Leadership for Empowerment and Abuse Prevention (LEAP) Program

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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Guest Bios:

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.

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