Parenting with an IDD

Cospeaker: Dr. Preethy Sarah Samuel

Dr. Preethy Sarah Samuel is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. Her many life hats include that of parent, teacher, researcher, writer, clinician, and disability advocate. She believes that family members are the best advocates for a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. They are the most crucial partners to any client-centred intervention developed for research or in the clinic. She longs to see service systems align to improve family well-being rather than training families to chase after health and disability services and professionals. To foster such a paradigm-shift the long-term goal of her research is focused on contributing to the development evidence-base of empowering family advocates to improve the quality of life of persons living with disabilities, particularly those from under-resourced backgrounds. One of the greatest challenges in measuring the efficacy of family empowerment is the scarcity of well-developed rigorous tools. Her research, therefore, focuses on the measurement of family quality of life which is a complex multi-dimensional social construct, particularly for racial/ethnic minorities from a low socio-economic status.

Cospeaker: Dr. Preethy Sarah Samuel

Co-speaker: Dr. Marja Hodes

Debate leader: Prof. Dr. Geert van Hove

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