A Future and a Hope

Musings From The Hub… Phyllis Guthman

As a parent of a child with special needs, I strive to maintain a healthy and balanced well being by keeping the faith.  At times it feels like a mountain to be climbed.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Lena Horne

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

Even in the darkest hours, we know where our hope lies.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Regardless of our circumstances, my husband and I agree, that service is a priority for our family, and we always receive more than we give.  Our family motto is “Service Through Legacy Projects”.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s comforting to serve with like-minded individuals, and I have been blessed to be surrounded by many.  When a friend invited me to participate in a multiple year journey, an opportunity to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers, but most importantly offer H.O.P.E., I was on board!

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” William James

I am thrilled to share:  “Autism:  Breakthrough To Hope”, A WEDU PBS Town Hall  

Thursday, April 27 at 9 p.m., tune in to WEDU PBS as they host a community town hall on autism. Families and caregivers of children or adults with autism, professional experts, business leaders and companies who advocate through employment will discuss autism and other related disabilities highlighting some of the struggles and successes through personal experiences.

Check the website for PBS Videos & Resources and more, including:

  • First Steps:  You have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Resources by grade.
  • Social Development & Communications
  • Behavior
  • Transition to Adulthood

…and more resources to come!

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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:
contact@phyllis-guthman.com 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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