Remarkable Families Symposium on March 1 brings services to families with special needs children

Registration is still available and some scholarships are offered | February 20, 2013

Raising children with special needs is a difficult job, but it can also be very rewarding. The symposium, Remarkable Families: Building Resiliency in Families Raising Children with Special Needs, brings together parents of children with special needs and provides information, resources and networking opportunities.

The forum, co-sponsored by Xavier and the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is on Friday, March 1, from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center. Tri-state parents will learn how to build family resiliency and how to thrive as a family with special needs children.

The keynote address is being given by Paul Daugherty, award-winning columnist and sports journalist for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He earned a degree in journalism from Washington and Lee University and has worked in Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., and Dallas, Texas. Married with two children, Daugherty has been involved in disabilities advocacy for several years.

The Remarkable Families symposium also offers 18 one-hour workshops to help parents learn their strengths, network with others and discover things that will help them to become more resilient and thrive. A resource fair features more than 50 vendors and service agencies specializing in medical support, recreation, community programs and services, home health and financial planning.

The event is completely handicapped-accessible. Free parking is available. Registration is $40 and includes breakfast, lunch and snack. Online registration is available at the website for the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. Some scholarships toward the registration fee are available. For more information, contact Tom Knestrict at 745-3703 or by email at knestrictt@xavier.edu.