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Parent Network of WNY presents local workshops


Sat, Apr 2nd 2016 07:00 am

The Parent Network of WNY and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara announce their April and May lineup of workshops to be presented locally in the Town of Niagara. The classes are of interest to parents/guardians of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, professionals and teachers.

Running from April 13 to May 11, the free classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 1555 Fashion Outlet Blvd., Town of Niagara. The workshop topics include:

April 13 - "Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview" - In this workshop, participants will learn about autism spectrum disorders and will discuss how and why ASD is diagnosed and by whom. The workshop will also cover learning styles, recent research and ways to promote success at home, school and in the community.

April 27 - "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Improving Social Challenges" - Participants will learn about the social challenges for children and adults with ASD, and will discover strategies to use at home, school and within the community.

May 4 - "Supporting Siblings of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder" - In this workshop, families will learn about challenges that can occur when a member is diagnosed with an ASD. Participants will learn how siblings can work together within the family to promote understanding and encourage social skills.

May 11 - " Sexuality ... Having the Conversation" - Participants will understand the importance of early and ongoing discussion about sexuality and appropriate social behaviors for individuals with disabilities. Tips will be provided to encourage a more comfortable conversation.

Sponsors include Parent Network of WNY, Starbridge, the Collaboration for Autism Support & Education and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara.

To register, call 716-332-4170 or toll free 1-866-277-4762; email [email protected]; or visit http://parentnetworkwny.org/workshops-and-events/events-calendar/. A minimum of five attendees is required to hold the workshop, so pre-registering is essential.

Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs and professionals. It also provides one-on-one support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system.

For more than 60 years, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the Niagara County chapter of NYSARC Inc. and a United Way Agency, has provided supports to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities of all ages and their families. OUN is dedicated to maximizing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing them the resources to reach their greatest potential (including training, employment, recreation, service coordination, fine arts, horticulture therapy and residential opportunities). For more information, visit www.oppunlimited.org.

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