Welcome: Get Your Resources Here!

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

Special Needs Ministry Events!


Hillsborough County Public Schools: Students with Disabilities
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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.

Alliance for Public Schools is working in four Florida counties:  Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas and Volusia. Find out what they’re up to in your area.

Oct 22:  Parent University, 8am-11:30, Franklin Middle School. Register
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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.

Sponsored by:  Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), Department of Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) & Project Connect.  Register Online

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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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Author: Phyllis Guthman

“Your Disability Resource Destination” Disability Resource Hub by Phyllis Guthman ©2016 Phyllis Guthman ©2016 Disability Resource Hub ©2016 Disability Resource Diva ©2016 Tampa-Hillsborough Disability Update

2 thoughts on “Welcome: Get Your Resources Here!”

  1. Thank you for including me on your email distribution. I look forward to learning from you and hopefully having your expertise as GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, a Down syndrome Achievement Center, approaches grand opening.

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