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ANNUAL APPEAL
 
Moving to a small town in a new state with three children, two of whom have disabilities, and a minimal circle of support sounds like the beginning of a nightmare; but for the Couldridge family it was a way of life.
 
In 2003, Anne and Mark Couldridge and their three sons moved to Carlisle, PA. The military family was excited to have a place to settle in and call home. But like moving to any new place, they knew it would be challenging to find support for their two sons with disabilities. they began seeking services for their oldest son, Mathew, who has intellectual disabilities. The Couldridge's found CPARC's Advocacy Services.
 
Little did they know these skills would be essential in helping their youngest son, Connor, succeed in school.  Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be a trying time for any child. For a non-verbal young man diagnosed with autism, it can be unbearable. The Couldridge's expected it and started preparing well in advance.  Connor's typically happy personality and willingness to help with household chores were quickly replaced with agitation and an increased number of outbursts.
 
With the knowledge of their rights and a son who was slowly slipping into chaos, Anne and Mark knew they needed support from Advocacy Services. Cindy Adam's CPARC Special Education Advocate, began frequently attending team meetings. Her expertise and professional demeanor created a bridge between the family and school professionals.
 
"Cindy provided a voice of reason. It was helpful having a professional on our team to explain our options and delegate situations we could not do as parents." - Anne Couldridge
 
Advocacy Services has been the backbone of support for the Couldridges and their children.
 
Advocacy Services are available to anyone, regardless of age or income. Services are provided at NO COST to individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or their families in Cumberland & Perry Counties.


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Chris was having difficulty functioning successfully in the classroom and was refusing to attend school before CPARC’s Advocates began working with him.   With CPARC’s help, Chris successfully fulfilled his IEP requirements and is now a high school graduate.

Our Special Education Advocate helped redirect Chris’ team to focus on his specific needs and a new educational plan was developed.  Chris began working full-time, and he completed his academic school work independently, while meeting with his teacher a few times a week.

To assure confidentiality to our clients, names have been changed.
 

Results of the 2013 Annual Appeal:

429 people received resource materials on special education, effects of medication and legislative laws.

252 people attended 17 free training seminars in 2013. Some topics included: Sibling Relationships, Wills and Trusts, Technology and Me, and Preparing the Child with Autism/Asperger Syndrome for Independence.

195 people (93 parents, 102 professionals) from 16 Pennsylvania counties attended the 14th Annual Special Education Seminar. CPARC awarded 13 non-paying parent scholarships. (100% of parents in attendance reported an increase in their skills and felt they could provide meaningful input into their child's educational program).

120 individuals received one-on-one specialized assistance, as Advocates represented their needs.

107 parents/families received individualized assistance at meetings for their children.

60 individuals from other social service agencies received information and/or referrals.

14 local school districts requested resource materials for their educational professionals.

•CPARC continued its Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Campaign. Outreach efforts targeted young women and warned them of the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. Trainings were provided to families, teachers, and students.

•Advocates implemented a series of classes with the ID/Aging Task Force, that teach people with intellectual disabilities about retirement options.
 

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