April Trainings & Support Groups

by jmorton on March 17, 2012


March 14, 2012

Contact: Jeff Morton
Director of Development & Communications
Vermont Family Network
(802) 876-5315, ext. 248



VermontFamily Network April Trainings/Workshops & Support Groups

Please include the following workshops and support groups in your April calendars of events. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Morton at 802-876-5315 ext. 248.  All of these events are free and open to the public except the Vermont Family Network Annual Conference.

New Beginnings Support Group: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. atVermont Family Network,600 Blair Park Road, Suite 240, Williston. This parent-lead support group meets every second Tuesday of the month. The focus of this group is for parents to come together to celebrate the joys and accomplishments of their young children (birth through preschool) that have an autism spectrum diagnosis. This group also supports one another with any challenges they may be experiencing, as well as sharing of resources.  For more information, please contact Christen Brawley at (802) 863-0423 or Cara DiRosa at (802) 871-5067.

Vermont Family Network Annual Conference: Wednesday, April 11, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton, Burlington, 60 Battery Street. This year’s conference for parents and professionals caring for children with special needs will focus on creating a culture of belonging in a community of individuals with different needs and will feature 10 different workshops, 40 exhibitors, and the Vermont premiere of Dan Habib’s latest film, “Who Cares About Kelsey?”. For more information or to register, contact Amy.Huckins-Noss@vtfn.org or call 802-876-5315 ext. 225. You may also register for the conference on our website: www.VermontFamilyNetwork.org

Sibshops: Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the HowardCenter McClure Gymnasium, 1138 Pine Street, Burlington. SibShops are for children ages 7 to 12 years old, who are siblings of brothers and sisters who have special needs. Please RSVP to Joanne.Wechsler@vtfn.org  or call 1-800-800-4005 ext. 217.

Getting There: Life After High School: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 -7:00 p.m. at Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Road, Suite 240, Williston. This is a support group for parents/caregivers of youth age 16 to 21 years old whose behaviors put them at risk of dropping out of school or becoming involved with the justice system.  We offer a safe and comfortable environment in which parents and caregivers can come together, share concerns, and learn from each other. Please RSVP to Ellen.Vaut@vtfn.org or call 802-876-5315 ext. 209.

Chittenden Families Together: Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Park Road Suite 240, Williston. Continuing discussion and action plans for more options for self-selected housing and living situations for adults with developmental disabilities. Contact Jan Hancock at Jan.Hancock@vtfn.org or 876-5315 ext. 215.

 Vermont Family Network is a state-wide non-profit organization that promotes better health, education, and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs.



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