David Pitonyak, a renowned speaker on challenging behaviors in people with developmental disabilities, is coming to Spokane and has offered to provide two three-hour conversations with family caregivers–parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. It’s a rare opportunity to sit face-to-face with one of the heavy weight speakers about behavioral challenges. There are two sessions on August 2 (Tuesday), one from 9-12 and another from 1-4. The event is free but seating is limited–about 15 per session.
An RSVP is needed. More information including how to register can be found at http://conta.cc/2a4EioJ
In the post below Lonnie Pacelli talks about his son Trevor. I thought you might find it interesting that Trevor does his own movie reviews and gives them a “lesson about Autism” twist. He covers most of the popular, current films but here’s one on a less well know documentary about a young with autism, Life Animated,
They Don’t Read Other People Well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBei6cP77uc&feature=youtu.be
Taking Care of Yourself as Caregiver of a Family Member with a Developmental Disability
Thursday, July 28, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Hosted by the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
This webinar will discuss research on mental and physical health of caregivers, including that of Latinos and African Americans; recognizing the importance of caring for yourself as a caregiver; recognizing signs of stress and depression; including others in caregiving; and setting health goals for yourself. The webinar will include a presentation and Q & A session. Although it is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates, professionals are welcome to attend; however, questions from people with disabilities and family members will be given priority. Download the webinar flyer (PDF) and register.
The WA State Fathers Network and The Arc of King County are having a BBQ and Fish Fry on August 6th. See the flyer for additional information.
A PhD student, Jenna Jones, at the University of Windsor in Ontario Canada is working on a dissertation entitled, Family Quality of Life for Parents of Children with Autism. She is looking for parents or caregivers of children with autism, aged 4 to 11, to take part in a survey. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete and there is an option to take part in a 20 minute phone interview. If you have questions or are interested in participating contact Jenna at email@example.com.
Parents of Children with Autism Study Ad
FYI, through a joint effort of the Fathers Network, D.A.D.S., Dads Move, WA Dads, The Arc of King County and Parent to Parent a new closed Facebook group has been created for dads whose children have intellectual or developmental disabilities. It’s a place where dads can share information, resources and discuss issues of common interest.
Since it is a closed group you need to ask permission to join. You can find it on Facebook by searching for P2P Dads of Special Kids.
Old Fashioned Fish Fry and BBQ For the Family – This will be a joint effort of the Fathers Network and the Arc of King County
- Saturday, August 6th
- 3:00 -6:00 pm
- Judkins Park in Seattle
- The Arc and the Fathers Network will provide the fish, burgers, hot dogs buns and condiments.
- Bring a dish to share.
- Special Olympics of WA will be on hand to lead us in games.
- The grills in the park are very small so we’ll need a couple of good sized grills to be brought to the park. If you can bring a grill let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If we get a large crowd it might be helpful to have a few extra chairs. So, if you have camping chairs you might consider bringing them.
Fathers Network Conference
- Saturday, October 8th
- Tyee Middle School in Bellevue
- 8:15 am – 4:30 pm: Registration will open at 8:15, Opening remarks at 9:00
- Key Activities: Keynote speaker (TBA), 8 Breakout sessions (topics TBA), Dads panel, Open Mic time, Presentation of the Big Daddy Award,
- Registration will open in July