LEND and Learn Monthly TA Series: Operationalizing the Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies

LEND and Learn Monthly TA Series: Operationalizing the Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies

Monday, December 4, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom

ITAC's new LEND and Learn Monthly TA Series is an opportunity for LEND leadership and faculty to gather once a month to discuss priority TA topics and to learn from each other! Each month will focus on a different topic. A different LEND program will lead each session, including a 15-minute presentation and 45 minutes discussion. Please note that this is not a webinar series. Instead, it is designed to be an informal opportunity for LENDs to connect with one another on topics identified as top TA needs. DBP programs are welcome to participate.

The LEND and Learn session will be held Monday, December 4, 2023, at 3:00 PM ET and will focus on Operationalizing the Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies. This TA session will be facilitated by Laura Silverman, PhD, Carrie Baker and Jeiri (“Jaydee”) Flores.


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Laura Silverman, PhD is a clinical child psychologist with expertise in autism and developmental disabilities. She is currently the Program Director of the Rochester LEND and the Director of the Psychology Post-Doctoral Program in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Dr. Silverman provides diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents suspected of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She specializes in seeing children with complex developmental and psychosocial histories, who also have other mental health concerns.  Dr. Silverman directs the Behavioral Interventions for Families (BIFF) Clinic, which uses empirically validated approaches to teach parents and caregivers how to use behavioral strategies to teach children adaptive skills at home.  Dr. Silverman's research program focuses broadly on communication and multisensory functioning in ASD.  She has also been involved in a number of treatment-based research studies that examine the utility of behavior-based interventions, medication, and Self-Advocacy programs on behavioral outcomes in children with ASD. She believes strongly that research should inform clinical practice, and that the clinical concerns of families and priorities of Self-Advocates should drive research questions.


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Carrie Baker has a deep-rooted background in advocacy. As a trained health educator, Carrie started her career in community education, focusing on women’s health in the mid-90s. She then moved into HIV/AIDS prevention education, helping the community to understand how to lessen their exposure to HIV while also advocating against stigma. In 2003, when her oldest daughter was born with Down syndrome, Carrie entered the arena of disability advocacy. She currently works to help shape the minds of medical residents and other clinicians for the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center as both the Advocacy Discipline Coordinator for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Director of the Family Experience Program.


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Jeiri (“Jaydee”) Flores is a disability rights advocate who shares her unique perspectives as a person with a disability to Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities training, community service, research, and policy efforts. She provides insights regarding inclusion, citizenship, disability intersectionality, and challenges that remain unaddressed by society.






Please Note:

  • LEND Self-Advocacy Competencies
  • Please indicate your accommodation needs during registration.
  • The event will be held on the Zoom Platform. You can test your connection with Zoom before joining the meeting here.
  • Recording of this LEND and Learn session is available to LEND leadership and faculty upon request to [email protected].


Future LEND and Learn Sessions (Save the Date!):

  • Monday, January 22, 2024, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST – LEND Rural Workgroup Journal Club