Conference Program

Overcoming the Odds: Promoting Resilience for Families with Special Needs


8:30          Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:20          Welcome – Bob Kreider, President and CEO, Devereux

9:30          Keynote Speaker – Judith Warner

10:15        Break

10:30       Workshops

A.  Aging Issues for Individuals with I/DD – Pauline Adongo, R.N.

B.   Promoting Family Resilience – Paul LeBuffe

C.   Legal Issues in Planning for Individuals with Special Needs  –
Ira Fingles, Esq. & Lori McLaughlin, Esq.

11:25        Town Hall – Open Forum – Facilitated by Amy Kelly & Paul LeBuffe

12:00       Luncheon (provided) and guest speakers – Youth Voices

1. Erin Clemens

2. Kyshon Johnson

1:10          The Family’s Search for Meaning: Life with a Special Needs Child – Kelly & LeBuffe

2:00         Break

2:15          Workshops

A. Family Advocacy Gets Results – Frank Cervone, Esq.

B. Faith – Lester Weaver

C. Psychotropic Medications in Children & Adolescents– Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D.

D. Meeting the Needs of Siblings of Special Needs– Karen Brenneman

3:10           Community of Hope Award Presentation to Dr. Dan Gottlieb

3:30           Building Your Bounce – Susan Damico

4:00           Reception

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