LILRC Webinar: Disability Awareness and Diversity
March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maria Hensley-Spera, LCSWR, TF-CBT, will share information on disability awareness and educating people regarding disabilities including disability etiquette guidelines in the community and within the library.
Maria Hensley-Spera is a clinical social worker and clinical instructor at Stony Brook University Department of Psychiatry, School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy and Field Placement Instructor in the School of Social Welfare. She has worked with children, teens and families in community mental health centers and a school-based mental health program throughout her career. She specializes in Trauma-Focused CBT, Functional Family Therapy.
Maria is a paraplegic since 1984. She was a notable road racer on LI and in the tri-state region, having raced in and won many races of all lengths including the LI & Entemann’s and Newsday’s Half Marathons; the Detroit Free Press Marathon, from which she qualified to race in the Boston Marathon. She was active for 10 years with the LI Express Wheelchair Basketball Club. During her athletic career, she trained and mentored youth with disabilities in road racing and basketball. She is certified in SCUBA and has skied. She has provided many trainings and lectures on many issues relating to disability awareness and diversity.