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Cultural Diversity in Disability & Mental Health Services

September 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Webinar Description

How does a person’s race and ethnicity impact services? 

In this webinar, we will discuss how race and ethnicity can affect services for someone with a disability and mental health concern. Our presenters will offer information for families and direct support professionals to reduce inequality and improve knowledge and services for individuals. 

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand what it means to be culturally and linguistically competent

  • Identify ways to be responsive to dually diagnosed individuals from diverse backgrounds 

  • Gain understanding from experienced providers and self-advocates 

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CART and ASL interpreters will be provided!

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Jenean A. Castillo, Ph.D., is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). Dr. Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Center for Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Dr. Castillo also serves as WIHD’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, actively supporting and enhancing WIHD’s efforts to enhance cultural and linguistic competency to ensure equitable outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her equity, diversity, and inclusion work includes curriculum development, workforce enhancement, and organizational assessment, policy development and implementation.

Agique (AJ) Anderson is a self- and peer advocate and mentor. Currently he holds two part-time positions with Taconic Resources for Independence in Poughkeepsie, NY – Peer Advocate and Housing Advocate. He also volunteers as a facilitator for several support groups for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. He hopes to continue to contribute to helping people with Disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community speak out more, stand up for themselves, and live the life that you choose and want. One thing that has helped him to express himself is writing. One day he hopes to write a book on his life that he hopes will inspire many.

Dr. Nicole Turygin is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York who also holds a faculty appointment at New York Medical College. She has over 9 years of experience working with challenging behaviors and co-occurring psychiatric conditions in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and ability levels using evidence-based behavioral interventions. Her clinical and research interests include anxiety disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorders, repetitive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, and aggression.


September 28, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


Online only
UT United States


Mindy Dokos
(208) 252-1317