Meet the Presenter:
Dr. Shameka Stewart, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L
Juvenile Forensic Speech-Language Pathologist, Child Language Disorders Specialist, Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
This presentation will discuss cultural differences of Black youth, Black English, and the effects of how cultural and linguistic differences can be improperly identified as problematic or adverse behaviors.
Meet the Presenter:
Dr. Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.
Creative Culture Consulting, LLC
Using real life stories — from womb to tomb — of individuals with possibilities, Dr. Patrick Schwarz will illustrate what supports are successful and what else is needed for effectiveness in education and human services for all people. These compelling examples will motivate participants to re-imagine and support individuals in new and inventive ways. Be prepared for something fun and different!
Meet the Presenters:
Leigh Anne McKingsley Senior Director of Disability and Justice Initiatives The Arc of the United States
Josh Branch Program and Attorney Manager, Disability Initiatives The Arc of the United States
This presentation will discuss the key issues pertaining to youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and the justice system including:
personality characteristics that make them more susceptible to justice involvement;
how a person’s disability may be used against them as victims and defendants;
concerns around interrogating youth with IDD;
trauma informed responses;
and solutions to hold justice involved youth with IDD accountable while also building stronger community outcomes.
8:30am – 9:00 am – Summit Opening
9:00am – 10:00am – Dr. Shameka Stewart
10:00am – 10:20am – Break
10:20am – 11:20am – Dr. Patrick Schwarz
11:20am – 12:20pm – Lunch Break
12:20pm – 1:20pm – Leigh Anne McKingsley and Josh Branch
1:20pm-1:40pm – Break
1:40pm – 2:40pm – Leigh Anne McKingsley and Josh Branch
2:40pm – 3:00pm – Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Leigh Anne McKingsley and Josh Branch
4:00pm – 4:15pm – Summit Closing
Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline (SToPP) Project
The goal of this project is to disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline for students of color with developmental disabilities. The project creates restorative justice trainings for educators, school resource officers, and other community members. Due to these trainings, students will have a better chance of being treated fairly. Students should not be referred as often to the juvenile justice system.
This project should result in students of color with developmental disabilities better access to a quality, equitable education. A focus of the trainings will be on supporting students rather than punishing them.