Featuring Dr. Donna R. Walton, EdD, Founder and President of Divas With Disabilities and Stephanie Farfan, Inclusionist, RespectAbility
About Our Speakers
Dr. Donna R. Walton, EdD is the author of her newly released book Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces, an eye-opening tale of reinvention that chronicles the decades Walton spent working to rebuild her world through disasters, setbacks, trials, and tribulations after a dangerous form of bone cancer threatened her life-and forced the amputation of her left leg above the knee.
Dr. Walton has made an unprecedented impact in the disability and women of color communities as a hub for thoughtful discussion on issues, self-love, and shaping the perception of what “disability” looks like by promoting women of color through various media platforms. Her work has increased access and inclusion opportunities in countless industries that have traditionally marginalized the participation of the women she represents.
Stephanie Farfan is an Inclusionist at RespectAbility. As a little person, she personally always has been committed to disability rights and advocacy. She has experienced firsthand the discrimination many people with disabilities face. This discrimination led to her commitment to fight the stigmas and social barriers that people with disabilities have to contend with to be taken seriously. This is especially true when one is also a member of another minority. Farfan has been a part of Little People of America (LPA) since she was 16 years old and volunteered her time as a co-chair for the Hispanic Affairs Committee. Her fluency in Spanish enables her to help Spanish-speaking little people and their families get the resources and support they may otherwise not have access to.
This training was generously hosted by CUNY’s Guttman Community College, and was in collaboration with multiple organizations and agencies throughout the city including INCLUDEnyc, DemocracyNYC, Girls for Gender Equity, L.O.V.E. Mentoring, Self-Advocacy Association in NYS, Wheeling Forward, and Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem.
Learn more about our New York training series and apply to attend in-person: https://www.respectability.org/ra-nywf/