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Paula Sotnik

Project Director

B.A., Social Work/Psychology, Rhode Island College
Graduate coursework in Business Administration, Lesley College

Paula Sotnik has over twenty years of experience working as a director, curriculum developer, trainer, and diversity and disability specialist. She oversees the National Service Inclusion Project, the national training and technical assistance center on accessibility and disability issues funded by the Corporation for Community and National Service. She also coordinates the Community Capacity Building team, which houses federal and state projects designed to support diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic community organizations and individuals at ICI. Ms. Sotnik has served as a lead training consultant and author on culture brokering for the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Prior to this project, she coordinated several capacity-building projects with grassroots community organizations and worked on projects examining the experiences of diverse cultures in employment for persons with HIV/AIDS, person centered planning, and the use of assistive technology. She was responsible for the person centered planning and cultural diversity components of the Supported Employment Systems Change Grant through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. She also developed and directed several federally funded assistive technology projects serving Latino, Southeast Asian, Haitian, Portuguese, Azorean, and Cape Verdean populations.

Ms. Sotnik has provided consultation to a variety of organizations including the Florida Assistive Technology Center, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and the Rhode Island Technology Assistance Program on outreach and provision of services to people from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has conducted presentations and published on topics related to diversity and disability, responsive outreach strategies, and developing the capacity of faith- and community-based organizations.

Select outside publications by Paula Sotnik

Keeler, N.; Sotnik, P. & Wheeler, J. (2014) Indicators of Inclusive Service and Volunteer Organizations, Institute Brief, Issue No. 30. Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), UMass Boston

Sotnik, P. (2014) Simulating Disability in Training - Does It Work? Out of Step Publications and TOOST Radio Guest Presentation, Seattle, WA

Sotnik, P.; Bazilio-Bellegarde, J. & Cohen, J. (2011) , Comprehensive Report. Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC.

Sotnik, P., & Jezewski, M. A. (2005). Culture and Disability Services. In J. H. Stone (Ed.), Culture and disability: Providing culturally competent services (pp.15-36). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Jezewski, M. A., & Sotnik, P. (2005). Disability Service Providers as Culture Brokers. In J. H. Stone (Ed.), Culture and disability: Providing culturally competent services (pp. 37-64). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Jezewski, M.A. & Sotnik, P. (2001). Culture brokering: Providing culturally competent rehabilitation services to foreign-born persons. Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange. CIRRIE Monograph Series, John Stone, Ed. Buffalo, NY: CIRRIE.

Sotnik, P. & Hasnain, R. (1998). Outreach & service delivery to the southeast Asian populations in the United States (pp. 228-259). In T.S. Smith (Ed.) Rural Rehabilitation: A Modern Perspective. Arnaudville: Bow River Publishing.

Sotnik, P. (1996). Strategies for working with culturally diverse populations. Disability Studies Quarterly, 16(2), 20-23.

Sotnik, P. (1995). Outreach and service delivery to Southeast Asian population. In L. Trivelli & E. Bourland (Eds.), Project Reaching Out: Proceedings of Forum.

Sotnik, P. (1994). Serving culturally diverse populations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Disability Studies. Rockville, MD.

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