Center for Disabilities Studies: Events Calendar
- Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) Training for Foster Parents – January 17
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. DSCYF – Newark, 263 Chapman Rd., Cambridge & Stockton Buildings, in Newark. An ESP assumes the responsibility of working with a school team and attends IEP meetings. An ESP is also responsible for making decisions about special education services for a child with a disability/special needs. This initial in-person training includes information about the role and responsibilities of an ESP, together with an overview of the special education process and the child welfare system. Only foster parents who want to assume this responsibility and be appointed as a child’s ESP are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the PIC of DE website.
- Special Needs, Trusts and Guardianships Presentation – January 18
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Austim Delaware, 928 Old Harmony Rd., in Newark. Autism Delaware will host a presentation from Dennis McAndrews from McAndrews Law. McAndrews will present and answer questions on special needs, trusts and guardianship issues. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Heidi Mizell at email@example.com.
- Special Olympics Delaware Area Bowling Tournaments – January 21
Various locations. Special Olympics Delaware will hold their annual area bowling tournament in five locations across this year. The state tournament will be held on Feb.18 in Dover. For more information about locations and other details, visit the Special Olympics Delaware website.
- Delaware LIFE Conference – January 25
Dover Downs Conference Center, 1131 N. Dupont Hwy., in Dover. The 29th annual LIFE Conference will feature workshops on supported decision making, hippotherapy, self advocacy and more. For more information and to register, visit the LIFE conference website.
- Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) Training for Community Volunteers – January 26
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parent Information Center of Delaware - Wilmington, 6 Larch Ave., Larch Corporate Center, Suite 404 in Wilmington. Volunteers are being sought to serve as Educational Surrogate Parents (ESPs) for children in the foster care system who receive special education services. ESPs advocate for appropriate educational services for a child who does not have a parent to assume that role. ESPs work closely with a school team to develop and monitor a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), therefore, ESPs must be available to volunteer their time during the school day. For more information, visit the PIC of DE website.
- Supporting Students with ADHD – January 26
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hockessin PAL, 7259 Lancaster Pk., in Hockessin. This workshop presented by Parent Information Center of Delaware will cover how ADHD affects students, strategies supporting learning at home, and accommodations and modifications. For more information, visit the PIC of DE website.
- Family SHADE Networking Breakfast – February 1
8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Easter Seals Georgetown, 22317 DuPont Hwy., in Georgetown. Representatives from organizations in Kent and Sussex Counties serving children with special healthcare needs, as well as other interested members of the public, are invited to attend Family SHADE’s Networking Breakfast. Each organization that attends will have an opportunity to share information about upcoming activities and new initiatives with the group. Attendees are welcome to bring flyers and brochures to share with others. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bhavana Viswanathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-831-8374.
- Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Weekend – February 3-5
Various locations in Lewes. Special Olympics Delaware will host a weekend full of activities leading up to the Polar Bear plunge on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. Other events include an ice sculpting contest, a 5K run or walk and the Fire and Ice hot wing and ice cream tasting event. All events benefit Special Olympics Delaware. For more information about all of the events and to register, visit Polar Bear Plunge weekend website.
- 2017 Easterseals / CAI Volleyball Challenge – February 24-26
William Penn High School, 713 E. Basin Rd., in New Castle. For more information, contact Laura Becker at email@example.com or 302-221-2065.
- Family SHADE Networking Breakfast – March 1
8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Easter Seals New Castle, 61 Corporate Circle in New Castle Representatives from organizations in Kent and Sussex Counties serving children with special healthcare needs, as well as other interested members of the public, are invited to attend Family SHADE’s Networking Breakfast. Each organization that attends will have an opportunity to share information about upcoming activities and new initiatives with the group. Attendees are welcome to bring flyers and brochures to share with others. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bhavana Viswanathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-831-8374.
- CLSC Open House – March 7
Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program students and instructors from this innovative, two-year college opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities. Topics covered will include goal setting, campus life, academic opportunities, internships and life after CLSC. For more information about the Open House, contact Brian Freedman at email@example.com.
- Brain Injury Association of DE Annual Conference – March 23
Location to be announced. BIADE asks you to save the date for their 26th annual conference. More information will be coming soon. See the "Save the Date" flyer on the BIADE website.