Family Education began as an answer to the unmet needs of parents and families living with someone who has a disability. Families often need emotional support and training to develop new parenting skills and to become effective advocates for their children.
The Family Education Program provides information about funding systems, legislative or regulatory systems, legislative bills, parent advocacy opportunities, and services available.
The Family Living Specialist is available to assist families who are interested in establishing a parent support group. The responsibilities of The Family Living Specialist are to help recruit members, find a location for meetings, and assist with organizing the initial meeting. As the group begins to maintain independence The Family Living Specialist reduces their involvement.
Educational seminars designed to
keep families informed about the ever-changing service
system are offered throughout the year, along with
trainings on topics that will increase knowledge about
parenting a child with a disability. Seminars are
developed according to the needs and interests of
The Family Education Department also increases awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Fetal Alcohol exposure is the number one cause of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, in addition to causing many medical issues for the child. FASD is avoidable by women abstaining from alcohol use for the full nine months of pregnancy. The Family Living Specialist speaks to groups of parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, educators, middle and high school students, and medical personnel on this subject. If you are interested in gaining more information on FASD, contact Carol O'Hara, The Family Living Specialist at CPARC.