Demonstration Services by UCEDDs


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

This webinar will address the Demonstration Services UCEDD core function. This is the sixth installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS. This webinar features two UCEDDs, the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University and the University of Southern California UCEDD at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, doing innovative work around Demonstration Services.

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Image of Brenda Liz (Bren) Munoz, MS Brenda Liz (Bren) Munoz, MS ,is a State of Georgia Governor Appointed Council and Executive Committee Member with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), as well as a former Diversity Fellow, and currently a Bilingual Community Services Specialist II in the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. At CLD, Bren co-leads with Dr. Emily Graybill the Latino Community of Practice: Supporting Families with Children and Youth with Disabilities, a diverse, multi-sector consortium of professionals, families and allies in Georgia with three areas of focus: 1) professional capacity building and collective impact; 2) Latino parent education and leadership training, and; 3) formal and informal advocacy in public policy and systems of care. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Education with focus on Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish (dual major) and Women and Gender Studies (minor). She holds professional certificates as an Interpreter in Education and Healthcare from The University of Georgia, completed Georgia’s Partners in Policymaking in 2014, and is a 2015 inaugural graduate of the Georgetown University, National Center for Cultural Competence (GU-NCCC), Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Leadership Academy.

Image of Fran D. Goldfarb, MA, MCHES, CPSP  Fran D. Goldfarb, MA, MCHES, CPSP ,is Director of Community Education, Information Dissemination and Technical Assistance for the University of Southern California University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her priorities will be to strengthen communication between the USC UCEDD, its community partners, self-advocates and family members; and expanding education and technical assistance programs for individuals and their families with disabilities. Fran was one of the first Family Support faculty in the LEND network and had an instrumental role in the development of this LEND discipline. She has been a leader in family support both here and through the Association of University Centers on Disability. Fran is a staunch supporter of peer advocates and family navigators as well as being a steadfast advocate for families and their children.

Image of Barbara Wheeler, Ph.DBarbara Wheeler, Ph.D ,has a 30-year history with the UCEDD writing and administering grants and contracts that began with addressing barriers to full community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and related disabilities (i.e., service inclusion for students with disabilities; transition consultant to the LAUSD Chanda Smith Consent Decree in 2003; Project GUIDE training for law enforcement to interview victims with severe DD; co-development of a national program to train Special Education Advocates; providing disability consultation to California’s Americorps programs). Her current focuses on strengthening the parent and consumer voice in systems reform, and on addressing disparities in services for individuals with DD and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse groups, i.e., building the capacity of minority community-based disability organizations to become part of the fabric of the DD service system and organizing multi-cultural advocacy networks. Her research has focused on the inclusion of Latinos in bio-medical research on ASD and attempting to understand barriers to services for individuals at the intersections of race/ethnicity and disability. She is currently maintaining her collaboration with California State University Los Angeles (a minority serving institution) on Minority Pipeline programs to bring more racial, cultural and linguistically diverse students into higher education and to populate the workforce of the DD, healthcare, and related fields with leaders who reflect the rapidly changing demographics of our nation. At the policy level, she served on the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation for five-years during the Clinton administration, was the past Chair of the Multi-Cultural Council for the Association of University Centers on Disability, and a member of the Task Force on Equity and Diversity for the California Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders.