The goal of the Paraquad Cultural Competency and Diversity Speakers Series is to help build staff and public awareness of a wide range of the many different backgrounds, identities and abilities in our community.

Speakers series events are free and open to the public, though we ask that you complete the registration form below if you plan to attend. All events are held in the Jim Tuscher Auditorium at Paraquad.

Upcoming Speakers

Parents with Disabilities

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Past Speakers

Sherry Jo Ward

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Paraquad is pleased to be partnering with the Inevitable Theatre Company for its upcoming production of STIFF. In this “Fast Story About Moving Slow,” award-winning Dallas actress Sherry Jo Ward chronicles her struggle with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), an incredibly rare disease which impairs her mobility and causes her unexplained pain. Ward will visit Paraquad to discuss her diagnosis, living with SPS and the creation of her show.

Kenneth Pruitt
Director of Diversity Training
Diversity Awareness Partnership

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Listen. Talk. Learn: Dialoguing Across Difference

Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, October 29, 2015
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Communication and Effective Services for Diverse Clients and Communities This presentation provides a brief overview of cultural competence and the general principles of culturally competent service provision and care, focusing on inclusion and context:

  • Overview of standards and principles that guide culturally competent service provision
  • National standards for language and communication with diverse populations
  • Discussion of implicit bias and stereotypes that affect the use of services

This presentation will be relevant for people with disabilities, services providers for people with disabilities, service providers in the health and home care services, university students with an interest in related fields and members and service providers of diversity groups.

Mya Vaughn, Ph.D., CRC, PLPC
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
Maryville University

Thursday, May 14, 2015
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Transgender and Disabilities Dr. Vaughn’s most recent published article, “Women with Disabilities Discuss Sexuality,” includes the insights of participants who are transgender women. Presently, Dr. Vaughn is writing a research proposal to interview transgender individuals with disabilities regarding their sexual narratives. “Transgender and Disabilities” will discuss appropriate transgender terminology and suggest tips for service providers to provide a safe space for transgender individuals with disabilities. Audience members will actively participate in the discussion.