ASPED Families Workshop Series

Resilience, coffee, and community:
How parents advocate for
children with special needs

Presented by
Sarah Taylor, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor, CSU East Bay

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Sarah Taylor will share insights from

her research on advocacy with over 300 parents of children with disabilities

as well as her personal experiences in advocating

for her 11-year-old son with fragile X syndrome.

Participants will learn about core advocacy strategies

as well as how the parenting and advocacy journey shifts as children grow. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Franklin Elementary
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free Childcare

Following the presentation a panel
of parents and professionals in their fields
will discuss advocacy strategies.


Lilian P. Ansari

MS in Psychology, Advocate, and Parent of children with disabilities

Carrie Blanche

M.Ed, Advocate and Tutor (grades 6-12), retired Educator and Education/Full Inclusion Specialist, and former Special Education Coordinator

Bronwyn Harris

Author of Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Christine Strena

​M. Ed, Educational Therapist, Parent of a child with a disability, and Advocate


Dr. Sarah Taylor

MSW, PhD, Associate Professor in Social Work at CSU East Bay, and Parent of a child with a disability

Dr. Arthurlene Towner

Professor Emerita, former Dean at CSU East Bay, and Grandparent of children with disabilities