Musings From The Hub… Phyllis Guthman
I recently had the opportunity to attend an advisory council for students with disabilities. It was a good meeting, that included committed district leadership, community members and parents that had come together to discuss important issues that impact students receiving exceptional student education (ESE) services.
The past 16 years working with disability organizations, has taught me that there are many resources available. Accessing those resources, however can be a challenge, so I encourage you to plug into your local school district for Parent Services and PTA. Yes, “PTA” and the School Advisory Council. Remember, your child with special needs attends a school, Since special education is a set of services, rather than a specific place for your child to go… (Special education FAQ, Great Schools!), it’s important to get connected with and support opportunities for parents to participate and become a part of the school culture. It also gives parents a chance to have their voice heard regarding issues pertaining to their child, regardless of ability. Sign up for district and school alerts via email, text etc… Many Districts use eflyers, like peachjar. Learn more about the Peachjar Eflyer System at the Hillsborough County Public Schools website.
Follow Disability Awareness Calendars for resources, events and organizations, such as: Friendship Circle’s Special Needs Calendar 2016
October includes Disability Awareness & History, Disability Employment Awareness, Down Syndrome Awareness, Rett Syndrome Awareness Months and more!
No, you may not receive a “Welcome To The World of ____(fill in the disability) Here Are Your Resources!” packet upon or following a diagnosis, so seek out local and statewide disability organizations. Sign up for their email updates, follow them on social media, bookmark their websites. Yes, it takes time and effort and it’s well worth it!
Welcome: Get Your Resources Here and Never Loose Hope!
Noteworthy Upcoming Events!
VSA Florida‘s “A New Definition of Dance”, now in its second year, features internationally renowned dancers of exceptional merit, who also have disabilities.
October 14 – 26, 2016: Jacksonville – Tampa – Miami
Hillsborough County Public Schools: Students with Disabilities
Hillsborough County Public Schools: District Calendar
Oct 10: Non-Student Day
Nov 11: Non-Student Day
Nov 21-25: Fall Break / Schools & District Offices Closed
Dec 19-30: Winter Break / Schools & District Offices Closed
Parent University is a FREE series of informational sessions supporting the academic life of children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Sessions focus on academic and support programs our district public schools, effective strategies families can use to help every child succeed, and ways to advocate for the resources necessary for our public schools. In addition, district representatives will be available with information about their programs.
Oct 22: Parent University, 8am-11:30, Franklin Middle School. Register
Oct. 29: 4th Annual Creating A Plan For The Future:
A Workshop Focused on Post-Secondary Planning for Students with Disabilities, 8am – 12:30pm, at Sam Horton Instructional Services Center (ISC), Tampa, FL.
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.
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