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Balancing Act

Posted by Robin Maines on October 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As a Special Education advocate, being asked to help parents navigate and understand the Special Education system, I had to remain 'detached' and approach each new situation in a professional way. In an effort to help parents address their concerns and work out any problems they may have experienced with their child's school district administrators, I had to be neutral, as I collected information so I could assess the difficulties that had occurred. I would speak, at length, with the parents ...

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We Now Have A "Core Team"

Posted by Robin Maines on August 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The G.A.P.S. Organizational Meeting was held on August 25, 2012 at the Harvest Moon Restaurant at 535 Arch St. in Williamsport. We had 9 people attend. After nearly 3 hours of discussion, sharing of personal stories, questions and answers and a lovely dinner we concluded the meeting with a "Core Team" in place.

The "Core Team" consists of parents who've volunteered to assist with the management responsibilities of the group and to provide support to...

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Resource and Educational Material Available

Posted by Robin Maines on August 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Attend a monthly meeting to have access to our G.A.P.S. Resource Guide as well as our Community Resource and Educational Material Guide.

We currently have nearly 70 individual pieces of information consisting of pamphlets from local service providers regarding their programs, and educational materials for parents on such topics as Early Intervention, Special Education, Secondary Transition, Adult Living, Employment Services, etc.

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Free Online Peer Support Training

Posted by Robin Maines on July 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania links families of children and adults with disabilities and special needs, because parents who have been where you are can offer their experiences, a listening ear, their time and their caring to support one another through difficult and trying times.

When a parent calls Parent to Parent for help they are asked if they would like another parent to speak to. If they are in...

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2012 PA Community on Transition Conference

Posted by Robin Maines on May 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) has announced the 2012 PA Community on Transition Conference. This conference is for families or caregivers of transition-aged youth or young adults with a disability between the ages of 12 and 24.

Conference Sessions are scheduled for:

Wednesday July 25th, 2012 9:30AM — 5:15PM

Thursday July 26th, 2012 8:30AM — 4:00PM

Friday July 27th, 2012 8:30AM — 1:15PM

There are a limited n...

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