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This is a live interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop. *Click to view the workshop PDF flyer


Presenters: Dr. Mirian Ofonedu, Ph.D., LCSW-C, is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Graduate School and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Adjunct Professor at the UMB School of Social Work. Dr. Ofonedu is a psychologist, licensed clinical social worker and a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). She served as APA Division 37 Program Chair and Task Force on Diversity Initiatives Coordinator and currently serves as Chair for Division 37 Diverse, Racial, Ethnic, and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM SIG) and liaison to the Committee on International Relations in Psychology. She is a recipient of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity and the Kennedy Krieger Institute Social Justice Award. She is a master trainer for the APA's ACT Raising Safe Kids program and contributes to the field through her clinical, research, and training expertise at local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Ofonedu's work, which spans over two decades, is inspired by the core values of recognizing and building on the strengths and competencies that exist in a person, family, and community; being culturally responsive to each person's unique needs for the purpose of creating a more just, inclusive, and equitable society for all.  Click to read presenter’s bio.


Kristine Nellenbach, MS program coordinator, Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Prior to her current role, she was an Elementary School teacher and Library Media Specialist for many years and served as an eCoach and Volunteer Coordinator.

CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Course Description: To address the inequalities faced by people with disabilities and their families, the concept of social inclusion must go beyond narrow understandings and promotion of increased presence of marginalized groups but rather on the need for them to occupy and play valued social roles within society and community life. This session will provide opportunity for participants to learn what meaningful inclusion and belonging means, why it matters, factors that hinder or facilitate it, and effective strategies for fostering meaningful inclusion at individual community and organizational levels. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to apply the strategies and develop their own action plan for increasing meaningful inclusion and belonging in various spaces.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe ways to prioritize the cultivation of meaningful inclusion and belonging for people with disabilities and others.
  • List 2-4 examples of ways to address barriers and factors that hinder meaningful inclusion.
  • Discuss strategies for effective implementation of meaningful inclusion at individual, community, and organizational levels

Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Direct support professionals
  • Other community service providers
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Students/trainees


Kennedy Krieger Institute, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs, and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $60 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $20 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $15 for students/trainees workshop registrations. Those registering as students must use their school email address at registration to confirm their student status. CEU credits will only be offered to those who registered and paid as professionals. 

There is no processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received five business days prior to the training. If you are paying by check, please write the date of the session on the memo line. For example: "SLS June 22, 2023."

Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS June 22, 2024")

Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees ONLY:  If your department will be covering the cost of the training, please enter your budget code when prompted. Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout. Your total will go to $0.00 so that payment can be received via interdepartmental budget transfer. Those registering as KKI employees must use their Kennedy Krieger email address at registration to confirm their employee status.

Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by e-mail  seven business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-4114.