Back-To-Events, For Families!

Musings From The Hub… Phyllis Guthman

Back To School brings learning opportunities for parents; and amid the plethora of events, is the *Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent’s Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities.  The 1st meeting will be held on Friday, September 2, 10 am – Noon at The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33612.  The primary focus of this council is to identify and recommend systemic strategies that are intended to improve outcomes
for all children who have disabilities.
*Update: Hillsborough County Public Schools are closed September 2nd and this meeting is also cancelled. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date!

Additional HCPS Events:
Sep 17Parent University, Jefferson High School, Tampa,
8am – Noon. A FREE series of informational sessions supporting the academic life of children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Breakout classes will be focused on academic and support programs in Hillsborough County Public Schools, effective strategies families can use to help every child succeed, and ways to advocate for the resources necessary for our public schools.

Oct. 29:  4th Annual Creating A Plan For The Future: A Workshop Focused on Post-Secondary Planning for Parents of Students with Disabilities, 8am – 12:30pm, at Sam Horton Instructional Services Center (ISC), Tampa, FL.
Register Online

There are a host of workshops, parent information sessions, conferences and trainings – so be sure to save the dates!
More Upcoming Events Include:

  • Sep 24: Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference,
    8am – 4:30pm, at Dunedin Highland Middle School, Dunedin, FL. Hosted by Family Network on Disabilities. Online Registration.
  • Sep 27: Familias Unidas en Discapacidades – Registration is open for this free, one-day event. Lunch is included as well. This event is intended for families who are Spanish speaking. All presentations will be in Spanish. There will also be the opportunity for IEP/504 consultations. Presented by CARD-USF and Family Network on Disabilities, 8:00am, Tampa
    Sep 27: Familias Unidas en Discapacidades – Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que el registro está abierto! mar, 27 de Sep a Las 8:00, Tampa, FL., Por: CARD – USF & FND

Check our Events page regularly for information on workshops, trainings, conferences, classes and programs for individuals of all abilities, parents, caregivers and service providers.

The Disability Resource Hub Event Calendar is intended to be an informational resource for individuals of all abilities, families / caregivers and support providers. Submitting an event: Requests for including events should be in the areas of family, advocacy, appreciation, inclusion, transition, special needs ministries, education and social/recreational.
All events should be for individuals with disabilities and their families. Please submit your event information and flyers to: for consideration. Due to numerous submittals, all events will not necessarily be placed on the calendar. Endorsement statement: The sharing of information, resources and events are not necessarily endorsed by Disability Resource Hub. For additional information please contact event host directly.

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Musings From The Hub…

A Reluctant Back-To-School Post

…and so it has come to this: Back-to-School. I will admit that I have always enjoyed having my kids home, having some quality non-structured time is certainly an important reason for this,
but also the break from the structure, the routine, dropping off, picking up, events etc. is a much welcomed relief!

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I long for the days of a true Summer Break – like I had back in the day –
with the last day of school prior to Memorial Day and the first day
of school after Labor Day. That’s right, three full glorious months
of summer!

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Plenty of time to lie in the grass and watch clouds float by, bike ride all over the valley, to take fun summer school classes – yes, summer school – not Extended School Year (ESY). Such pleasant recollections of consuming copious amounts of slushy frozen carbonated beverages, cinnamon rolls from Winchell’s Donuts (the size of my bike tires); and rainbow sherbet from Thrifty’s, of reading endless comics and Nancy Drew books (yes, hard cover and paperback books – with paper pages), of going swimming, and to amusement parks, and road trips with the family, sigh.

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I am aware that I am in the teeniest, tiniest minority on this!

So, as “Your Special Needs Resource Destination” we’re providing useful back-to-school resources for individuals of all abilities – even if a bit reluctantly!

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Keeping The F.A.I.T.H!
Family, Appreciation, Inclusion, Transition, Hope!

Phyllis, Disability Resource Diva!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6