Have you ever wondered how to start putting a plan together about life for your son or daughter with special needs? Have you also thought it is way to complex of an issue to even know where to start? Do you have some ideas but hope to know more of the bigger picture in putting them all together to have a workable plan? Wish things didn’t have to be so challenging? If you have had similar questions or concerns and would like to get closer to resolving some of these important questions for you and your family, Saturday’s Family Seminar may be for you. Sue Willey, a mom, advocate, long time professional regarding disability issues, and a wonderfully compassionate person, will describe one way of addressing the questions above and many more un-noted.
As nearly all parents know, planning well for the future needs and wants of your child with special needs is involved, as there are so many things to consider. This discussion will help you understand a way of addressing the key issues and begin to develop a personal plan for your child. Obviously, the hope is that in planning and taking action your own personal stress will become more manageable and the future clearer. We look forward to having you participate in the seminar!
The seminar is for dads, moms, and interested individuals concerned with the issues of planning for the future of a person with special needs.
The WSFN State Conference is in full planning mode so make sure you let us know if you have any specific topic or speaker youwould enjoy hearing. We will be celebrating our 35th Anniversary as a unique organization for dads beginning this October and we are trying to make it an even more awesome event than in the past. Save the first and second Saturday in October to attend this momentous occasion and bring another dad with you! We hope to hear soon on the specific date and then we’ll update everyone.
Attached is information about the WSFN 30th Annual Campout at Anacortes! Yes, this outstanding event has been attended by great dads and families for 30 years-almost as old as some of you! We are sure to have another group of cool campers this year. If you have any questions you can use the comments below or contact Greg Schell. I believe the two pages of information covers about everything but possibly not.
The Autism Brainstorm and Dr Robert Naseef have started a monthly online chat for fathers of children with special needs. The Google Hangout sessions will feature a panel of fathers to discuss issues related to being a father of a child with special needs. They are currently scheduled to happen about monthly on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm Pacific Time (OK, they are scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern, but we are on the West Coast so I translated).
The first Roundtable happened this past Sunday (May 5th), but don’t worry they are recording and archiving the sessions on the Autism Brainstorm’s YouTube channel. For those interested, here is the link. By the way, I think some of you may know one of the fathers asked to be a part of the panel.
We have two chapters having events this week in WSFN.
The week starts off on Tuesday in Yakima with the Transition Fair at Yakima Children’s Village May 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This event is free and child care is provided. They have asked that you RSVP (see link for details).
We finish up the week on Saturday in Bellevue with a chapter meeting May 11th 9:30am – 12:00pm at The Kindering Center. Dads are invited to join other great dads for a good cup of coffee and valuable discussion. Issues may be complicated for dads having children with special health care needs and/or disability. Dads get this! Dads are great resources for other dads!
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There has been a change in plans for the Bellevue Chapter. The Family Seminar that was scheduled to happen this weekend is being rescheduled to happen on May 25th. Instead, the Bellevue Chapter will be having a regular discussion meeting this Saturday (April 27th) from 9:30am – 12:00pm at the Kindering Center (regular time and place). The online calendar has been updated to reflect this change as has the previous post about a busy week for WSFN.
We are having a very busy week for WSFN with three different chapters having events.
The busy week starts Tuesday in Yakima with a chapter meeting April 23rd from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Yakima Children’s Village. Dads are invited to join other great dads for a good cup of coffee and valuable discussion. Issues may be complicated for dads having children with special health care needs and/or disability. Dads get this! Dads are great resources for other dads!
Then we move to Thursday in Snohomish County with a chapter meeting April 25th 7:00pm – 8:30pm at The Arc Snohomish County. Dads are invited to join other great dads for a good cup of coffee and valuable discussion. Issues may be complicated for dads having children with special health care needs and/or disability. Dads get this! Dads are great resources for other dads!
Finally, we finish up the week on Saturday in Bellevue with a chapter meeting April 27th 9:30am – 12:00pm at The Kindering Center. Dads are invited to join other great dads for a good cup of coffee and valuable discussion. Issues may be complicated for dads having children with special health care needs and/or disability. Dads get this! Dads are great resources for other dads!
Remember to come for the donuts and stay for the conversation!
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the Northshore School District, and in May we have invited Shirley Paceley http://bluetowertraining.com/speaking-consulting/speaker/?id=4 who will be doing a presentation on Sexual Abuse: Intervention, Prevention and Response with people with a disability. This is a really tough topic, but
a much needed topic to be talked about. We would be grateful if you could send out our flyer to the parents that are a part of your organization.
After a long delay of sitting in my email Inbox, have finally gotten around to uploading the Winter 2013 edition of the Connections Newsletter (and just in time since we are now in Spring). You can find it on our Connections Newsletters page. My apologies for the delay, but I hope you enjoy reading the latest edition of the WSFN newsletter.