Friday Nov 11, 2022

Ep.6 Jacy Farkas and Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg, Special Issue on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

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Guest Bios:

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.



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