Inland Regional Center’s New Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cultural Specialist

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Inland Regional Center (IRC) is excited to introduce our very first Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cultural Specialist, Estefania Pena!

Estefania comes to IRC with experience in case management, providing parent education and mentorship about deaf issues, and vocational program coordination in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Community including the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) Community.

Estefania will support the expansion of deaf service resources, provide training and expertise to regional center staff, and coordinate with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on statewide efforts. Estefania will enhance information dissemination to stakeholders, families, vendors, IRC’s Executive team, and staff through analyzing Purchase of Service data alongside Lilliana Garnica, IRC Cultural Specialist.

If you would like to connect with Estefania, please email [email protected]


We also invite you to visit our Service Access and Equity (SAE) page at www.inlandrc.org/SAE. In time, Estefania will be contributing content to this page as she cultivates support groups and makes needed connections in the community.

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CJ Cook

CJ Cook is the Manager of IRC's Community Engagement Team. He oversees Client events, all outreach efforts, public relations, brand management, oversight of Community Based Organizations, COVID-19 Advocacy Taskforce, equity in the Purchase of Service (POS), the National Core Indicator (NCI) project, and IRC's Performance Contract with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

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