Jacy Farkas, MA, ABD

Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
1533 E. Mabel Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-626-2207
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: March 13, 2023

Jacy Farkas

Leadership Administrative Staff: Assistant Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
Training Director
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Undergraduate Certificate in DD Director;
Transition & Foster Youth with Disabilities
Discipline(s): Human Development/Child Development
Family Studies
Information Resources & Library Science
AUCD Council Membership: Multicultural Council
National Training Directors' Council
Research: Adolescent development and transition to adulthood, in particular for youth with developmental and other disabilities, as well as youth in the child welfare system

Models of person-centered practices and asset based community development

Education: PhD Candidate - Family Studies & Human Development, University of Arizona

Master of Arts - Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona

Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, Major: Classics; Minor: Thematic - Physical Education/Physiology

Service: - Planning Committee, Annual African American Conference on Disabilities
- Outreach Committee, Arizona DD Network
- Mentor, National Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence


Jacy Farkas is a former Sonoran UCEDD trainee. She completed her traineeship with a project focusing on information accessibility and the disability community while pursuing her master's in information resources and library science. Since joining the Sonoran UCEDD staff in 2007, her role has progressed to Training Director where she oversees the center's interdisciplinary pre-service preparation, continuing and community education programs. She also directs the Sonoran UCEDD's Person-Centered Initiative which includes leading projects completing plans for transitioning youth with DD and developing community tools: A Person-Centered Arizona website dedicated to PCP practices and resources; a community toolkit curriculum, Person-Centered Planning: Pathways to Your Future - A toolkit for anyone interested in Person-Centered Planning; and a consumer preference tool, My Interests, Hopes, and Dreams: An Exploration Tool and Guide to My Personal Preferences.

Ms. Farkas' interests lie in information accessibility, youth transition and person-centered practices; intersectionality of disability and other marginalized social categories in terms of community inclusion and successful adult living, and diversity and cultural/linguistic competency. She previously served on the Sonoran UCEDD Disability & Border Communities Workgroup which hosted two Border Conferences on Disability along the AZ/Mexico Border and the Pima County Transition Task Force. Ms. Farkas is the editor of the DDNN, the annual Arizona Developmental Disabilities Network Newsletter.