Disability Advocacy

At The Institute, the goal of disability advocacy is to amplify the perspective and voice of individuals with disabilities. We do this through collaborations with disability self-advocates, opportunities for parents, caregivers and families, and participation in legislative and scholarly activities.

Scholarships and Activities

Advancing equity through meaningful inclusion revisited. Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Annual Conference. DEC Inclusion, equity, and social justice invited session. (September 2021). Presenters: Sadia Batool, Ruby Batz, Sheresa Blanchard, Mariana Mereoiu, Jen Newton, LaShorage Shaffer, Amy Szarkowski, Anna Winneker

Autism Acceptance and Neurodiversity: A Conversation with Jordan Lome. (CCCBSD Professional Development, May 2021)

Virtual advocacy: Lived experience takes center stage during and after pandemic. Developmental Disabilities Network Journal (Burks-Abbott, Gannaway, Szarkowski, Fogler, & Helm, 2020)


Disability Advocacy: A Conversation with Adriana Mallozzi. (CCCBSD Professional Development, April 2021)

Perspectives in advocacy: Raising children with complex needs. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Maura Sullivan, The ARC of Massachusetts, February 2020)


Disability Advocacy: A Conversation with Gyasi Burks-Abbott. (CCCBSD Professional Development, February 2020)

Kupenda for the Children. International disability guidebook (Brandt, Contributor, 2019)

International Academic Forum (Szarkowski, International Academic Advisory Board, Member, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 2017–Present)