This webinar coincided with the launch of RespectAbility’s Spanish Language Toolkit. During this webinar, the speakers discussed why resources in Spanish are needed urgently for the growing community of Latinx people with disabilities.
Dr. Victor Pineda, a senior advisor to RespectAbility who co-authored the resource, said: “Our goal is to help address the critical need of information, education and jobs for this historically marginalized population: Latinx people with disabilities.” Pineda is also President of World Enabled as well as the Global Alliance for Accessible Technology and Environments. He is a recognized leader in the inclusive urban development and human rights movements. Stephanie Farfan and Paola Vergara Acevedo co-authored this resource guide with Pineda. Farfan is a self-advocate who identifies as a little person and Vergara Acevedo contributed her critical experiences as the mother of a child with a disability.
This project was made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation, with additional support from the New York Women’s Foundation.
Dr. Victor Pineda, President, World Enabled and the Global Alliance for Accessible Technology and Environments
Stephanie Farfan, Policy, Practices and Latinx Outreach Associate
Paola Vegara Acevedo, Co-Chair of RespectAbility’s Spanish-Language Committee / Georgetown University
Fiesta Educativa aims to provide information and training to Latino families on how to obtain services for all persons with disabilities. Fiesta Educativa’s efforts include an annual statewide conference providing more than 1000 parents with information in English and Spanish on such topics as resources, patient and client rights, educational and vocational programs, and stress management for families, as well as the sponsorship of several regional conferences throughout the state.