Dance & Disability Discourse

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1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Luna Dance Institute


IMG_6979FREE conversation and panel with dancers, practitioners and educators committed to make dance and education more accessible for all students. No pre-requisite.


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This year’s panel of experts includes:

Pamela WolfbergPamela Wolfberg, PhD is professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders at San Francisco State University and on the faculty of the Joint Doctoral program in Special Education at UC, Berkeley. Her primary research interests center on the unique needs of individuals on the autism spectrum in the areas of socialization, play and imagination, and inclusion in peer culture. As originator of the Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model and founder of the Autism Institute on Peer Socialization and Play, she leads research, training and development efforts to establish inclusive peer socialization programs worldwide. She is further engaged in global outreach as a human rights advocate for the child’s right to social inclusion in play, recreation and cultural experiences. She is widely published and the recipient of several eminent awards for her scholarship, research, and service to the community.

Nancy HendersonNancy Henderson is an Adapted Physical Education Specialist with Albany Unified School District.  She teaches children in pre-kindergarten – 12th grade and believes firmly in the value of creative dance for children and youth of all abilities.





Judith Smith is the Artistic Director and Founder of AXIS Dance Company, Oakland’s internationally renowned physically integrated dance company. Upon taking over artistic leadership of the company in 1997, she began commissioning works by some of the nation’s best choreographers and composers. She also launched Dance Access Community Education/Outreach Program. Judith teaches dance to youth and adults and lectures at community organizations, schools, universities and conferences.  Since 2008, she has been working with CA State University East Bay to develop the first-ever degree program in Physically Integrated Dance in the U.S.Judith received the 2010 Dreamspeakers’ Award, the 2009 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award, KQED’s Local Hero and the Homer Avila danceAble awards in 2005 and Artship Foundation’s Local Hero award in 1999.  She was honored with an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement in 2014.

Rebecca Prather

Rebecca Prather is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Arts Integration Lead Teacher with the Larkspur Corte-Madera School District.   As a Communication Therapist, Rebecca specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Alternative Augmentative Communication. Her commitment to using the arts is deepened by her experience raising a child on the autism spectrum and witnessing the transformative power of play.  Rebecca focuses on using creative dance as a method of disability inclusion practices, language development and to support sensory, emotional and social regulation.

Rebecca HawleyDr. Rebecca Hawley has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention/Special Education, Family Support Services, and Head Start/Early Head Start Federal programming for over 15 years. Dr. Hawley’s research and direct practice has primarily focused on historically underserved populations in regards to issues of equitable access to quality early childhood development services, education, and family support services in full. Dr. Hawley received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Dance from Pitzer College, Claremont CA, her Masters in Child Development with a focus on Early Intervention and Special Education from Mills College Oakland CA, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Early Childhood Education and Development from Mills College, Oakland CA. Dr. Hawley currently serves on the Faculty at Mills College, Oakland and SF State, SF teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in the realms of Early Intervention, Special Education, Child Development, Infant Mental Health, and Educational Leadership.

Try out your new curricular ideas & come back to share your successes, challenges and questions at our Practitioner Exchange: Disability Awareness & Inclusion Practices, February 9, 2016, 4:30-6pm.




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