Raising children with special needs is a tough job. But it can also be very rewarding. That is the message of a symposium being offered by Xavier University and its College of Social Science, Health & Education on Friday, April 3 from noon- 8:30 pm in the Cintas Center. The purpose of the symposium is to provide Tri-state parents who are raising children with special needs information, resources and networking opportunities in an effort to build family resiliency and learn to not only survive—but to thrive. For those who register before March 1, the cost is only $25.
The day includes:
• Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty speaking about his own family’s experience.
• Jenn Jordon, morning DJ on WKRQ, will share her story of life as a working mom of a child with special needs.
• Ruth Smith, essayist, on using writing to work through the frustrations of parenting.
• A resource fair of vendors with books, videos and CDs for sale.
• Lunch, dinner, music and the world premiere of “Welcome to Holland: A Film about Three Resilient Families.”
• Several workshops addressing the issues of schools, IEPs and agency services.
The event is completely handicapped-accessible and includes door prizes and 30 workshops and activities. The Anacrorhythms Band is performing before dinner and internet access is provided.
The price per person if you register before March 1 is $25. After March 1, it will be $35. The day of the event, the price is $50, so register now at www.xavier.edu/familyresiliency.
Other co-sponsors of the symposium are: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Prominent Title, Springer School, Learning Seed/Magna Systems, MC Mobility Services, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, Community Building Institute, Hamilton County Board of MRDD, The Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning, Optasia Productions, and Got-Autism.