Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy (Hastings)

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers: Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

This workshop will explore skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including:

  • understanding your child’s disability
  • knowing your school district
  • knowing your rights and responsibilities
  • organize your paperwork to support clear and effective communication
  • understanding the special education process
  • knowing how to resolve disagreements

Presenter: Jessie Morton

MAF is requesting that attendees register by April 17, 2017.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Webinar and Discussion: Positive Behavior Support (Hillsdale)

This webinar will introduce Positive Behavior Supports (PBS). Many children have behaviors that are part of their disability. These behaviors may make it difficult to learn, cause harm, or isolate a child from his or her peers. It is important for parents to understand that behavior is communication.

 Facilitated by Andrea Mann

Please register by April 6, 2017.

Childcare available – registration required.

Who should attend? Families of children/young adults with disabilities/learning challenges, school staff, community members, and organizations.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy (Middleville)

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers: Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

This workshop will explore skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including:

  • understanding your child’s disability
  • knowing your school district
  • knowing your rights and responsibilities
  • organize your paperwork to support clear and effective communication
  • understanding the special education process
  • knowing how to resolve disagreements

Presenter: Jessie Morton

MAF is requesting that attendees register by April 3, 2017.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Alternatives to Guardianship (Monroe County)

in collaboration with PAC and MI Alliance for Families

Presenter: Dohn Hoyle

Childcare Available!

Community Resources informational booths from 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the presentation:

  • Monroe County Community College
  • MCISD Transition Center
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  • Youth Opportunity Program (YOP)
  • Goodwill CHS Group, LLC
  • Monroe Community Mental Health Authority
  • Comprehensive Services for the Developmentally Disabled (CSDD)
  • ARC of Monroe Salvation Army

Free Workshop! Click here for the flyer.

 

Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination (Saginaw)

This workshop is for families whose child has a developmental disability, as well as service providers working with students and their families.

This workshop covers:

  • Guardianship from a historical perspective
  • Strangers as guardians and alternatives
  • How can I advocate for my adult child?
  • What are alternatives to guardianship?
  • What is power of attorney?
  • How can medical and financial decisions be handled?
  • How can we best support students as they transition to adulthood?

Presenter: Dohn Hoyle, The Arc Michigan

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond (Walled Lake)

This workshop is for families of students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the team members who work with them. We will provide you with information, resources and tools to start planning now for the future.

This workshop will provide basic information for parents to help young adults plan for a successful transition to adulthood, including rights and responsibilities. Learn how high school classes and the school environment can help develop important skills and build pre-employment knowledge.

Presenter:  Sandee Koski 

Who should attend? Families of middle school and high school aged students with a disability/learning challenges, school staff, community members, and organizations.

Parents and Educators: Building Collaborative Communication Skills (Jackson)

Parents and school staff must communicate often and well to effectively plan for students with disabilities.

  • Learn practical skills for participation and agreement in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process. Solution planning and writing actions plans will be emphasized.
  • Avoid conflict and disputes through clear communication.

Presenter: Cheryl Levine from MSEMP

Who should attend? Families of children/young adults with disabilities/ learning challenges, school staff, community members, and organizations.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

How to Speak “Special Educationese” (Croswell Area)

Productive Communication for IEP Team Meetings

Parents and school staff must communicate often and well to effectively plan for students with disabilities. Learn practical skills for participation and agreement in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process. Solution planning and writing actions plans will be emphasized. Avoid conflict and disputes through clear communication.

Presenter:  Cheryl Levine, Michigan Special Education Mediation Project

Who should attend: families of children/young adults with disabilities or learning difficulties, professionals, service providers, caregivers, school staff.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy and IEP 101 Workshop (Sault Ste Marie)

This workshop will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and tools to understand the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process and how to more effectively advocate for their child.

Topics include:

  • Purpose of an IEP
  • How the IEP process works
  • Special education supports and services
  • Special education rights and responsibilities
  • How to be a more effective IEP team member
  • How to become a more effective advocate
  • Transition from an IFSP to an IEP

Presenter: Tamyra Cornwall, Parent Mentor for the Eastern U.P. 

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy and IEP 101 (St. Ignace)

This workshop will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and tools to understand the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process and how to more effectively advocate for their child.

Topics include:

  • Purpose of an IEP
  • How the IEP process works
  • Special education supports and services
  • Special education rights and responsibilities
  • How to be a more effective IEP team member
  • How to become a more effective advocate
  • Transition from an IFSP to an IEP

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website athttp://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.