Disability Gain Summer Series

Peacehaven Community Farm celebrated the conclusion of its four-part Disability Gain Summer Series. The series was hosted in June and July over lunch in Peacehaven’s first supportive home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities––Susan’s View.  

Disability, Inclusion, and Creativity––Phelps Sprinkle, Jake, Anne, Jeff, Dr. Ann Fox, and Timber

The Disability Gain Summer Series involved four panels addressing the topics of disability and inclusion in the workplace, in creative spaces, in faith-based communities, and in schools. The panel speakers included:

  • Wendie Blanchard, founder of a job training program for adults with disabilities called Arthur and Friends set in hydroponic greenhouses 
  • Dr. Ann Fox, professor of English and Disability Studies scholar at Davidson College
  • Phelps Sprinkle, Peacehaven board member and Vice President at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
  • Greg Little and Bonnie, residents of the Corner House, a home of friends with and without disabilities supported by Durham's Reality Ministries
  • Dr. Stephen Byrd, professor Special Education at Elon University
  • Dr. Pat Piegari, Core Member father and Educational Consultant to the Education Services Commission of New Jersey

The panels were moderated by our Core Members Jeff and Anne, with assistance from staff, while Core Member Jake helped with the technology set-up.

Disability, Inclusion, and Education––Dr. Piegari and Dr. Byrd

Peacehaven welcomed more than 50 guests for the series. When asked what they learned from the panels, one attendee stated, “At the end of the day, we all have the responsibility to be advocates––not living into complacency of what is, but fighting for what’s right. This is a never ending battle for marginalized communities.....A lot of progress has been made but there is still a lot of work to be done!”

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