Pathways Forward: Disability Pride

Join YWCA Spokane as we engage the community with key Spokane experts from Inland Northwest Disability Experience and YWCA staff in a progress-minded conversation about the intersection of disability and LGBTQ+ identities.

  • What: A virtual discussion between local panelists on your questions about intersection of disability and LGBTQ+ identities and how to care for these communities.
  • When: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 | noon – 1:00pm
  • Where: Virtual event (link to access will be provided after registration)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
  • Questions: | 509-378-5804
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Pathways Forward Question Submission July 12 2023

Pathways Forward Question Submission July 12 2023

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Meet the Panelists

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Erin has been a certified teacher for 25 years. With a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science Education, she began her career as a science teacher and gradually worked through all K-12 grade levels. During this time, she became a mom to two amazing kids who have both been diagnosed with autism. In December of 2011, Erin herself was diagnosed with autism at the age of 36.

Today, Erin has two Master of Education degrees, one in Autism Education with a mental health focus and one in Adult Education with a diverse learner focus. She has also recently remarried, and both her children are set to graduate college in Spring of 2024.

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Misha Lehmann, they/them

Misha Lehmann is in their late twenties, multiply disabled, queer, and proud. A self-advocate for as long as they can remember, Misha is passionate about accessibility, disability rights, and community.
Misha works as the Outreach Advocate at Inland Northwest Disability Experience, where they connect with local communities and organizations to build solidarity and strengthen community supports.

In their free time, Misha enjoys foraging, crafting, and grilling.

Meet the moderator

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Equity Coordinator, YWCA Spokane

Lara joined YWCA Spokane as the Equity Coordinator in April of 2022. She has been critical in refining, imagining, and applying new direction and purpose to this area of the agency’s work. The addition of this role continues to strengthen the agency’s social justice work and collaborate with other aligned community organizations. Having her own experience with intimate partner abuse helps her stay mission-focused. She strives to lift up those underrecognized and share their stories.

She’s also quite fond of waffles and can be found underneath her weighted blanket watching reruns of Great British Baking Show with her dog, Lady Bird.


Progress Minded Community Conversations

Pathways Forward is a free, virtual, educational, roundtable discussion series designed to pave a path forward by engaging the community in conversations with local experts, leaders, and YWCA staff members.

Find past Pathways Forward events here.