Presentation Title

Cultural Competence, Family Support, and Disability

Brief Biography

Married and has four children with the youngest being a 23-year old who has been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. Former regional coordinator for Parent to Parent of Georgia and currently a trainer for Parent to Parent of Georgia. Has a BS in psychology and currently completing requirements for a MS in professional counseling. Has served as the Parent Mentor with the Lamar County School District since 2009.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

BS Psychology

Currently fulfill internship requirements for MS Professional Counseling

Presentation Abstract

The GaDOE Cultural Competence Project: Family Support, Culture and Disability was initiated approximately five years ago by the Georgia Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Services and the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. . The cultural competence project followed the Family Support, Culture, and Disability curriculum developed out of Denver, CO The curriculum is highly interactive and is driven by participant interaction. Project participants reported gaining an understanding of the perspectives of many of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families. This understanding led to a self-reported increase in empathy among project participants. Participants in this presentation will experience parts of the 8-hour Family Support, Culture, and Disability curriculum and will leave the presentation with positive attitudes about disability, and understanding about the family perceptions of disability, the impact of culture on services, supports and attitudinal change relative to disability.

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Cultural Competence, Family Support, and Disability

The GaDOE Cultural Competence Project: Family Support, Culture and Disability was initiated approximately five years ago by the Georgia Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Services and the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. . The cultural competence project followed the Family Support, Culture, and Disability curriculum developed out of Denver, CO The curriculum is highly interactive and is driven by participant interaction. Project participants reported gaining an understanding of the perspectives of many of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families. This understanding led to a self-reported increase in empathy among project participants. Participants in this presentation will experience parts of the 8-hour Family Support, Culture, and Disability curriculum and will leave the presentation with positive attitudes about disability, and understanding about the family perceptions of disability, the impact of culture on services, supports and attitudinal change relative to disability.