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Black Lives with IDD and Their Faith Communities
This is the fourth and final webinar of the four-part series, Black Lives with IDD and Their Faith Communities, hosted by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Religion and Spirituality Interest Network and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. This will be a panel discussion with Dr. Luchara Wallace, Dr. LaTonya Penny, and Dr. Lamar Hardwick.

Feb 2, 2021 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Luchara Wallace
Director & Associate Professor @Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, Western Michigan State University
Dr. Luchara Wallace is the Director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and an Associate Professor in Special Education where she leads research and advocacy on topics such as juvenile incarceration, generational wealth attainment, and policies impacting families and individuals with disabilities. Prior to her appointment as Director of the Walker Institute, Dr. Wallace taught courses in the Learning Disabilities endorsement block and was a co-principal investigator on the Turnaround School Leaders Project, which was a federal grant designed to turnaround priority schools and develop a leadership pipeline within the partner districts. Dr. Wallace is currently engaging in research related to the development of an off-campus alternative to school suspension in an effort to interrupt the school to prison pipeline for at-risk middle and high school students.
Dr. LaTonya Penny
Senior Pastor @New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC
Dr. Penny believes that all children are created in the “imago Dei”, the image of God, and should be treated with love, honor and respect. She is actively involved in many organizations pertaining to children with disabilities and the fair treatment of children. In March of 2013, Dr. Penny launched her nonprofit Mary’s Grace Incorporated, named after her maternal grandmother, Mary Stanfield, which creates programs and ministries of inclusion for persons with disabilities and their families, in churches and communities. Mary’s Grace is another excellent resource for all persons with disabilities and their families, and something very close to the heart of Dr. Penny. In addition to consulting for All Belong, she is the Senior Pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC and the Executive Director for Family Abuse Services, a domestic violence service provider.
Dr. Lamar Hardwick
Lead Pastor @Tri-Cities Church in East Point, GA
Lamar Hardwick (D.Min., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor at Tri-Cities Church in East Point, Georgia. In 2014 at the age of 36, Lamar was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He writes and speaks frequently on the topic of disability, especially autism, and he is the author of the best-selling book I am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor. His forth-coming book, Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion, will be released on February 9th, 2021 with Intervarsity Press.