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Martin Luther King Day Community Conversation at Solomon Schechter Will Focus on Disabilities and Race

Panelists at the MLK 2018 discussion at Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford include (clockwise from top left): Grace Clark, Bruce Putterman, Derek Slap, and Solandy Forte. Submitted photos

‘Thinking Beyond Disabilities – A Community Conversation about Intersectionality’ will be held on Jan. 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Solomon Schechter Day School is partnering with West Hartford Public Schools and the Town of West Hartford to present a community conversation on Martin Luther King Day, focusing on the theme of disabilities.

The panel discussion will feature four local residents who have in various ways “dedicated their lives to advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and providing direct services to them and their families in the hopes of meeting their individual, familial and community needs,” according to an announcement of the event. The conversation will also address the complex impact of race as well as culture.


Panelists include Grace Clark, founder of Autism Multicultural Program (AMP); Solanfy Fourte, Ph.D., LCSW, BCBA-D; former West Hartford Board of Education Chair Bruce Putterman; and State Rep. Derek Slap of West Hartford.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. David G. Embrick, an associate professor in the Sociology Department and African Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut.


West Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Tom Moore and Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford Head of School Andrea Kasper will provide opening remarks, and there will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion.

Thinking Beyond Disabilities – A Community Conversation about Intersectionality will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, from 7 -8:30 p.m., at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, 26 Buena Vista Rd., West Hartford, CT.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 860-561-0700 or emailing [email protected].

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