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Family Network on Disabilities

FND Overview   

Family Network on Disabilities (FND) was founded in 1985 by a group of parents of children with disabilities who came together for mutual support and information-sharing.  FND is a grassroots organization for persons with disabilities and their families that is family-centered and family-driven.  This presentation will inform participants of all of FND programs offering free help and information to families of students with disabilities and the professionals that serve them.

 01. It's a Great I.D.E.A: Introduction to the

Individuals with Disability Education Act & its Purpose

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires schools to serve the educational needs of eligible students with disabilities. In this presentation, you’ll hear a brief description of its purpose and the conditions covered under IDEA.

02.  It’s a Great I.D.E.A: Four Parts

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is broken down into four distinct parts: A, B, C, and D. Each part deals with a specific area of the law, so understanding each section gives you a clear picture of the law as a whole.

In this 15-minute webinar, you’ll hear a brief description of the these four distinct parts.

03.  It’s a Great I.D.E.A: The Six Guiding Principles

Despite the sometimes-complex nature of special education, six basic principles remain at the heart of all programs and services. In this training, you’ll hear a brief description of the “Six Guiding Principles of IDEA: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act”.

04.  It’s a Great I.D.E.A: RTI/MTSS

Every student’s progress, including those identified with a disability, is monitored to ensure that needed supports are provided.. Learn how schools use “Response to Intervention (RTI)” and the “Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)”  to make adjustments and improvements to instruction/intervention when progress monitoring results indicate the need for more supports.

05.  It’s a Great I.D.E.A:  Ten Steps to Special Education Process

The special education process under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) is designed to ensure that schools are carefully considering and addressing a child's needs. In this presentation, you will learn of the “Ten Steps in the Special Education Process”, from evaluation to reviewing student progress.

06.  It’s a Great I.D.E.A: Eight Components of the IEP

Parent participation in the special education decision-making process is vitally important. The most important thing parents can do is ensure they are involved with and take an active role as a member of the Individual Education Program (IEP) team that determines a student's path.

In this 15-minute webinar, you’ll hear a brief description of the “Eight Components of the IEP” to better understand what necessary information is required in a child’s IEP.

07. It’s a Great I.D.E.A: SMART Goals

Goals are all part of writing the Individualized Education Plan-Program (IEP). More importantly, writing good goals that meet the specific child's need are critical to the process.  In this 20-minute webinar, you’ll hear a brief description of “S.M.A.R.T Goals: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

08.  It’s a Great IDEA: Five Special Factors of the

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) lists five special factors that the IEP team must consider in the development, review and revision of each child's IEP Read the exact words of IDEA.
This presentation will highlight the importance of these special factors in the education of children with disabilities and the need for an individualized consideration of these factors in the development and revision of the IEP. This presentation will be shared to discuss all these factors: Behavior, limited English proficiency, blindness or visual impairment, communication / deafness needs, assistive technology.

09. It’s a Great I.D.E.A: Transition Planning

Transition services are intended to help youth with disabilities make the transition from the world of secondary school to the world of adulthood. In this 15-minute FB Live participants will learn how IDEA defines transition services.

10. It’s a Great I.D.E.A: Conflict Resolution

The parent-teacher relationship is a delicate one and conflicts can arise. Hopefully, you will never have a dispute, but if you do, understanding the special education conflict-resolution process and following some basic principles can help you be heard and achieve your goals.

In this 15-minute presentation, participants will learn about all the  dispute resolution processes.

Your Guide to an Individualized Education Program That Works

Developing and implementing an IEP (Individual Education Plan) is the equal responsibility of educators, parents, and other members of the IEP team. This workshop explains the IEP process and the importance of parental participation. Learn helpful tips for writing effective IEP goals and strategies.

Assistive Technology

Students with the most profound difficulties are eligible for special education services and supplemental academic supports such as assistive technology (e.g., text-to- speech, speech-to text, and spell-checking devices) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learn how to access assistive technology services and where it can be added to the

 Individual Education Plan.

Positive Beginning to Positive Behavior Supports

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is a schoolwide intervention system designed to improve your child’s behavior in all school environments. In this presentation, you will learn the step by step process of PBS beginning with:

1) Establishing a collaborative team and collecting information

2) Identifying triggers, responses, and the purpose of your child’s behavior

3) Designing & implementing behavior support plans.

Differentiated Instruction

In this session, participants will learn about “Differentiated Instruction,” also known as Differentiated Learning. The presenter will demonstrate the impact today’s technology has on teaching, and on developing a child’s literacy skills, language development, reading and writing skills. These low cost or free programs are methods that will provide varying instructional strategies that can be used at home and school. Please join us and learn some fun, practical methods that can be taught to every child with any learning preference at any age.

Helping With Homework

Is getting homework done more than a chore for your child? You’re not alone - most children avoid doing their homework. If you’ve ever wondered how to help your child do homework without a struggle, this training will show you how! Join us for a great discussion on new and fun tips for helping children with their homework and how to be supportive of their educational efforts.

Parent & Student Rights: Understanding SB 1108 & SB850

This workshop will discuss two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 1108 (2013) on exceptional student education and Senate Bill 850 (2014) on persons with disabilities and Florida’s new diploma options.

Caregiver Stress & Burnout: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself 

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the added workload. So, is it any wonder that caregivers are some of the people most prone to burnout? Managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family member gets to the doctor’s appointment or takes

their medication on time.

Supported Decision-Making

Imagine having your capacity to make decisions, sign contracts, vote, defend your rights in court or choose medical treatments taken away simply because you have a disability. For many persons with disabilities, this is a fact of life, and the consequences can be grave. When individuals lack the legal capacity to act, they are not only robbed of their right to equal recognition before the law, they are also robbed of their ability to defend and enjoy other human rights. Guardians and tutors acting on behalf of persons with disabilities sometimes fail to act in the interests of the individual they are representing; worse, they sometimes abuse their positions of authority,

violating the rights of others.

Beginning the Journey I & II

Each child grows at an individual pace, but research shows that a child's first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential. This training educates families on Early Intervention and how it is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.

Transition Services: An Overview

This presentation provides an overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities IEPs. Transition planning is an ongoing process that begins at age 14 to prepare students with disabilities for life after high school. It requires planning, skill development, and network support.

Student-Led Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Students are often their own best advocates. Not surprisingly, they are frequently the ones who know best what they need and want.

This presentation will share strategies to help students present and take more responsibility for most of the process. A student-led IEP is an IEP in which the student with a disability participated in the writing and creation of any portion of the IEP and/or held a leadership role during the actual IEP meeting.

Understanding Resources Available to You

Parents as Leaders

POPIN will assist families who are considering starting their own support group.

We provide a framework of where to begin. There are a few different ways of approaching support groups– not all groups are created equal. POPIN will first review a few different models of support groups to consider, and then discuss what aspects may cause each model to be a good fit for interested members. PAL modules include:

  1.  How to start and sustain a parent support group,

2.) How to start and sustain on online “virtual” parent support group

3.) Parent Advocacy in your parent support group and beyond.

FND Family STAR

FND Family STAR Overview

ADD/ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. ADHD and ADD symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness, can cause difficulties at home, school, work, or in relationships. You will learn how to spotlight successes for your child and practice simple interventions.

Bridging the Gap

The need to increase family and community involvement comes at a time when many families and communities are under siege, overburdened, and dissatisfied with public schools. Despite the resurgence in family and community involvement and a wealth of materials and resources, practice and attitudes have not changed very much. This is especially true for poor families and families often referred to as "minorities.” This presentation will provide stakeholders with the strategies to assist with facilitating family-school-community partnerships and create and build partnerships in their own local communities.

Collaborative Communication

With Your Healthcare Provider? Your provider's ability to determine what is wrong and how to treat it depends almost entirely on your effective communication.  From scheduling an appointment to wrapping up your visit, effective communication will help ensure that you get the healthcare services you need, also how to communicate any and all questions you might have about your healthcare. This workshop will share those effective communication tips.

Cultural Diversity

The phrase 'Cultural Diversity' means a range of different societies or people of different origins, religions and traditions all living and interacting together.  This presentation will discuss interpersonal skills that allow providers to understand, appreciate, and work with individuals from cultures other than their own. Learn about the three main factors in ensuring that minority populations receive optimal medical care:  Effective patient-physician communication  

Overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers
Access to affordable health insurance

Creating a Family-Friendly Front Office
A family-friendly workplace or employer is one whose policies make it possible for employees to more easily balance family and work, and to fulfill both their family and work obligations.
Many of the family-friendly policies of government are those laws, regulations, and social policies that recognize the importance of families to society, and act to meet, directly or indirectly, the needs of children, parents, disabled family members, and the oldest generation.

Healthcare Transition: What it Means to Parents

How Do I Choose an Adult Healthcare Provider?

FND Youth Advocate

All About the Apps

No matter which hurdles your child faces, apps and other media included in this presentation can give him or her an added boost. We don't expect an app to be a complete solution, of course. Working with students who face challenges requires lots of time, attention, and patience on the part of a parent, teacher, or other adult caregiver. Our goal is to offer you a host of fun set of apps you can add to your toolkit as you work with your child.

Bullying Prevention

Bullying is real, it happens to all of us, it happens in every school. In this discussion we will look at constructive ways to deal with bullies that you might encounter on a daily basis.

Cyber Safety

Much socialization takes place online in today's world, having an intellectual disability puts some at risk for being a victim to predators. Let’s look at a few simple things you can do to help keep your child safe online and for the youth let's look at some a few things you can do to keep yourself safe!

 

Dating 101

Dating can be fun, exciting, and awkward, Make you nervous on the inside and out! Let's talk about healthy and safe dating practices along with expectations and healthy boundaries for both parties.

Hygiene & You

Going through puberty and learning how to take care of your body is never a fun topic to talk about but we all have to learn life skills about personal hygiene. In these presentations we will look at several different topics on personal hygiene and appearance.

Your Guide to an Individualized Education Program That Works

Developing and implementing an IEP (Individual Education Plan) is the equal responsibility of educators, parents, and other members of the IEP team. This workshop explains the IEP process and the importance of parental participation. Learn helpful tips for writing effective IEP goals and strategies.

Opening Doors to Self Determination Skills

Students who have self-determination skills have a stronger chance of being successful by addressing the need for self-determination skills among adolescents, including some of the major components of self-determination which are: Knowledge of self and others, Personal management, Effective communication, Self-advocacy and advocacy within systems, Decision-making, Goal setting & Problem solving

 These experiences help a young person test his or her strengths as a self-advocate, adult outcome for the students were assessed using a scale completed by parents.

Social Networking Do’s & Don’ts

Once you put something on the Internet you can't get it back, always knowing the right thing to say, post, tweet, stream, can be difficult for any of us. Let's talk about some of the social networking DO’S and DON’TS for youth to consider.

Making Your Case

Making your case is a workshop developed around self-empowerment, understanding you can make a difference! Making your case is developed for parents and youth, this is focused on how you can make a difference in the legislature, and decision-making that affects you. Let’s learn how to craft your story telling it to others leaving an impact.

Homework Help: Organizing Your Life….From Inside Out

Does this sound like you? • “I can never find my homework.”

•“Why is there never enough time in the day to do everything I need to do?” •“How can I possibly get to my next class in 5 minutes?” • “I’m always late in the morning because I can never find the clothes I want to wear.” • “I don’t do as well as I want on assignments because I always seem to forget to do some part of it…”• "I get myself or other people stressed out because I’m always forgetting where I put things, times when things are happening, or what I’m supposed to be doing.” Join us for this educational workshop where we will help you develop those crucial organizational skills!

Supported Decision-Making

Imagine having your capacity to make decisions, sign contracts, vote, defend your rights in court or choose medical treatments taken away simply because you have a disability. For many persons with disabilities, this is a fact of life, and the consequences can be grave. When individuals lack the legal capacity to act, they are not only robbed of their right to equal recognition before the law, they are also robbed of their ability to defend and enjoy other human rights. Guardians and tutors acting on behalf of persons with disabilities sometimes fail to act in the interests of the individual they are representing; worse, they sometimes abuse their positions of authority, violating the rights of others.

Assistive Technology

In this workshop we will look at assistive technology from low-tech to high tech. Will be discussing different agencies and organizations that can help get you in touch with this is technology devices.

Parent & Student Rights: Understanding SB 1108 & SB850

This workshop will discuss two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 1108 (2013) on exceptional student education and Senate Bill 850 (2014) on persons with disabilities and Florida’s new diploma options.

Mad Job Skills

The Mad Job Skills series was set up to be able to help youth with life skills. These soft and hard skill sets are devised over time to be able to get the skills and understanding to be successful with independent living and job placement

Mad Job Skills - Soft Skills Crucial for Career Success

Mad Job Skills- Roadblocks in the Workplace

Mad Job Skills- Tips for Acquiring Competitive Employment  

Transition IEP & Moving Forward

Family Network on Disabilities - Spanish

All FND presentations, can be delivered in Spanish.