Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair April 28th - FREE


Today I wanted to do a quick plug for the upcoming Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair on Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Prairie High School, 11500 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98662.

This is a FREE event providing resources to families of children with special needs.  Hosted by Prairie High School's Special Education Department, this is the first conference and resource fair of its kind and will hopefully become a yearly event. The Conference Chair and visionary behind the conference, Annie Lamberto is a teacher in the Special Education Department at Prairie High School. She is an amazing woman. This is an event you will not want to miss.

The Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair will offer concurrent workshops/sessions, and exhibit hall, and keynote speakers. This event is open to families of children with special needs, regardless of age (birth - 21) or nature of disability (mild - severe). Professionals working to serve families / children are also invited to attend.

Registration is now open.  Please visit their website and Facebook page for detailed information.

I'm excited to say that Autism Empowerment will be in attendance, along with many other great community partners and friends to the special needs community.  Some of the other attendees include SEPTSA, WATAP, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, College Living Experience, Goodwill - Job Connections, Children's Home Society, Clark County Parks and Recreation, Autism Behavioral Consulting, Clark College, Kids Cooking Corner, Parent Coalition, Yoga For All, C-Tran, Washington State University, Learning Palace and more!

Scheduled Workshops / Sessions include: Sensory Processing, Assistive Technology, Guardianship, Estate Planning and Trusts, Exercise, Cooking, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Social Skills, Mental Health, Systems Navigation, Student Directed IEPS, Transition, World Book Online, Early Language Literacy, Bully Safety, Love and Logic, Homework Help, Brain Research, and more!  What a great list!  

The Keynote Speaker is gifted local author and public speaker, Connie Ruth Christiansen. There is also going to be a Free Photo Session sponsored by Alyssa Ballou Photography as well as other special goodies!

I've attended Autism related conferences before.  None of them of this magnitude were FREE. This is really a great chance to help get connected with resources in your community. (Also for other free resources now, please check out Autism Empowerment's April 2012 Southwest Washington / Portland Metro Resource Guide)

We had the opportunity to meet Annie when she was a panelist at Autism Empowerment's recent panel for Autism Awareness and Acceptance on April 3rd and also when she volunteered at Autism Empowerment's 1st Annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7th.  We were so impressed by her and know that this conference is going to provide tremendous educational and emotional value to so many special needs families in Southwest Washington.

Save the date!

Until next time, Aspierations Friends,
Karen Krejcha

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