Xavier hosts a symposium on campus this Friday for families raising children with special needs

'Remarkable Families' event offers workshops, networking and resources to help families thrive | March 30, 2009

Raising children with special needs is a tough job, but it can also be very rewarding. A symposium presented by Xavier’s College of Social Science, Health, and Education on Friday, April 3, provides Tri-state parents with the information, resources and networking opportunities they need to build family resiliency and learn to not only survive—but also to thrive.

The symposium takes place in the Cintas Center’s Schiff Conference and Banquet Center from noon-8:30 p.m. The event is completely handicapped-accessible and includes door prizes and speakers, workshops, a resource fair and an evening reception with dinner and the premiere showing of the documentary film “Welcome To Holland” about three families’ personal experiences. The Anacrorhythms Band is performing before dinner, and Internet access is provided throughout the day.
Highlights of the day include:
Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty speaking about his own family’s experience.
• Jenn Jordon, morning DJ on WKRQ, sharing her story of life as a working mom of a child with special needs.
• Ruth Smith, essayist, showing how writing can be used to work through the frustrations of parenting.
• Vendors selling books, videos and CDs.
• 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 price per person is $35 prior to April 3, or $50 the day of the event. To register, go to 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, Xavier's Community Building Institute, Hamilton County Board of MRDD, The Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning, Optasia Productions, and Got-Autism.