Beyond the Comfort Zone: Understanding and Eradicating Injustice, Racism and Inequality in the Field of Developmental Disabilities

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
4:30 AM - 2:00 PM Alaska Time Zone
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 08:30 AM until 06:00 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

AHRC Nassau
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kimberle W. Crenshaw

Training Overview Description

AHRC Nassau, in conjunction with The Arc of the United States, is proud to present a conference focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community.

The DEI Virtual Conference, “Beyond the Comfort Zone: Understanding and Eradicating Injustice, Racism and Inequality in the Field of Developmental Disabilities,” will be held May 18, 2022. Exploring the intersection of disability and race, the DEI Virtual Conference seeks to increase fluency and understanding of the history, challenges and opportunities impacting people with I/DD and the staff who work with them. This conference will connect attendees with leaders from the private and public sector ready to share research, case studies, best practices, and feedback on topics including:

  • Setting and defining goals for improving DEI in your organization.
  • The impact of systemic and historical racism and other barriers on the I/DD sector.
  • The intersection of health care disparities for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and those with I/DD.
  • Creating a pathway for equity and inclusion of BIPOC at all levels of I/DD organizations, including the boards of directors.
  • The challenges and rewards of employing a neuro-diverse workforce.

Event-specific Details

Breakout Sessions will include sessions dedicated to each track:

  • Track 1: Race/Racism/Anti-racism
    Increasing understanding of the impact and trauma of racism and oppression, as well as the role of social justice on the lives of people with I/DD, diverse communities that we support or want to support, and society in general.

  • Track 2: Disparities/Barriers in Society
    Examining race and racism through the structures that create separate and unequal systems in the intersection of race and I/DD and for those who support them. In addition, effective strategies for engaging the I/DD community and the public in holding local, state and federal governments accountable for creating equity, inclusion, and justice will be shared.

  • Track 3: Organizational Diversity – Systems/People/Culture/Intersectionality
    Working within or with the corporate/business community to create organizational structures and systems that maximize the recruitment, retention and professional development of a more diverse workforce and better supports people with I/DD.

  • Track 4: Best Practices
    Sharing best practices and effective strategies for moving a progressive agenda forward that encompasses support for leadership within the I/DD community, including families, self-advocates, ombudsmen, government, disability advocates and policymakers. Innovative concepts and a re-imagination of public/private partnerships that create lasting and sustained change for people with I/DD and the staff who support them.

FREE NASW Continuing Education Credits Available
NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037), and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088)