Finding the Words:
Starting Conversations About Your Child’s Special Needs
Helping family members, friends, teachers, community members, and others understand your child’s special needs may be one of the most difficult things that you, as a parent, have to do. Deborah Penry, a parent of a child with special needs, will share some tips and strategies that she and other parents have learned through experience that may help to make these conversations a bit easier.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Iron Horse Middle School MPR
12601 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583
Deborah Penry a staff member at Care Parent Network, the Family Resource Center that supports families of children with special needs in Contra Costa County. Deborah has been associated with Care Parent Network since 1999. She first sought support as a parent of a toddler with special needs and then volunteered as a mentor for other parents before joining the staff in 2006. Deborah says, “I have relied on the knowledge and experience of parents who have gone before me, and I try to pay them back by providing the same support to parents who come after me. I try to ensure that parents’ voices and perspectives are heard and valued.”
Posted by: Erica Griffin
Governor Jerry Brown has yet to decide on AB 1369. Opposition is pleading their case to the Governor, so we must continue to advocate! The Governor can decide to sign or veto any day, as late as October 12th.
NEW CALL TO ACTION!
Please call our local representatives at their offices in Sacramento:
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker: 916-319-2016
Senator Steve Glazer, 916-651-4007
"As a constituent in your District, I ask that you or your staff contact Governor Brown’s office & ask for him to sign AB 1369. AB 1369 has had unanimous, bipartisan support. Please make sure that Governor Brown is aware of the importance of this dyslexia bill to our State.”
If you haven't already called the Governor's office, please do that too. Phone number and sample script are in the Call to Action link below, just scroll down a bit. A link to complete information about the bill from the Legislature's Bill Info site, including all votes, analyses, and versions of the bill, is also provided below.
Posted by: Rachel Hurd
If you haven't yet sent a letter to Governor Brown in support of #AB1369, CA's Dyslexia bill, please do. We need to keep letters and phone calls in support flowing into his office! A letter template is in the first link below. The second link includes the full Action Alert with his address and phone number and suggested Tweets.
The bill passed unanimously through the committee process and floor votes of both the Assembly and the Senate. It now just needs Governor Brown’s signature to become law. But the opposition who tried unsuccessfully to gut the bill as it moved through the Senate is still talking to Governor Brown. Let your voice be heard in support of ALL kids in California learning to read!
This bill is important because it will finally recognize dyslexia as a real, educational concern and provide guidelines for appropriate, evidence-based intervention, so that all children in California may learn to read. It doesn't address all aspects of the issue, but it is a meaningful first step. Thank you for your support and your action!
Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Events sponsored by other organizations serving special needs children & families
Please note that these events are not sponsored or endorsed by the PTA, but are listed solely for informational purposes. If you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Chair at email@example.com
Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area
A Bay Area Non-Profit Organization Passionate and Dedicated to Encouraging the Unlimited Potential in Children and Adults with Down syndrome Since 1998. The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area consists of a group of caring individuals, educators, therapists and involved community members whose passion and commitment is to serve families who have members born with Down syndrome. We do this through education, advocacy, support groups for the entire family and developmental based classes for babies, children, teens and adults. Our goal is to enrich the child and adults lives through pre-academic, academic, language skills and social/behavioral interaction, ultimately preparing them for community integration as a valuable participant and contributor. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.dsconnection.org.
WALK & FAMILY PICNIC - SPONSORED BY MACY'S
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
PLEASANT HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL - TRACK & FIELD
1 Santa Barbara Road - Pleasant Hill
CARE Parent Network
What is CARE Parent Network?
*We are a one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs
*We help families meet the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs.
*We are all parents of children with special needs ourselves.
What services do we provide? We provide: Family Support and Mentoring, Early Start, Special Education and Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, Resource and Referral, Health Care and Mental Health Care Information and Resources, Teen Transition to Adult Life, Early Education Council (Resource for Professionals), Community Involvement, and Advocacy Information.
Follow this link to the September 2015 bulletin with upcoming events around the community.
City of San Ramon Therapeutic Recreation
The City of San Ramon offers a variety of therapeutic recreational programs for children and adults with special needs. Please visit their website at http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/recreation_guide/index.htm
RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled)
Sponsored by the Town of Danville. The program provides a range of activities from meals out at local restaurants, bowling, trips to the theater, basketball, and baseball games for people with disabilities ages 15 and up. These activities are on Friday nights and Saturdays. For a detailed schedule and registration form, go to the Town of Danville Parks & Recreation Activity Guide.
Special Olympics offers numerous sports programs throughout the year, free of charge to athletes. In order to participate, the athlete must have a current application/medical form on file with Special Olympics. The application form is valid for three years. If you would like to register your child or find out if your application is still on file, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 944-8801.
Special Olympics Sports – San Ramon Parks and Community Services Registration
The City of San Ramon together with Special Olympics Northern California provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic style sports for persons eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities. All sports training and competition opportunities are free for Special Olympic Athletes. Special Olympic medical forms must be on file prior to the first day of training. Sports offered include basketball, bocce, swimming, bowling.
Through games and activities our athletes will build self-esteem, develop motor skills, learn proper stretching and basic rules of the sports. The program is a collaboration between the Parks and Community Services Department and the CSU East Bay Recreation Department. (www.sanramon.ca.gov/Parks/recreation_guide/index.htm)