Conference helps parents of children with disabilities

HONOLULU – The Special Parent Information Network announces the 26th Annual SPIN Conference, “SPIN the Case for Evidence-Based,” 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 21 at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Campus Center.

Since 1986, SPIN has been organizing conferences to give families of children with disabilities an opportunity to gain valuable information and meet and network with other parents and professionals. It’s a time to get re-energized for the sometimes challenging job of parenting and advocating for children with special needs.

The conference showcases 16 workshops on topics including universal design for learning, positive behavioral supports, the Individualized Education Program (IEP), transition, autism, sensory integration, social skills, positive behavioral supports and much more. State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi will give the opening remarks. In addition, there will be displays showcasing agencies and programs that provide support to children and youth with disabilities and their families.

The registration fee is $25 per parent (or $35 for two family members attending together), or $35 per professionals. Forms are available at www.spinhawaii.org.

Limited airfare scholarships for neighbor island parents are available, so attendees are urged to reserve their seats early by contacting SPIN at 808-586-8126. On Kaua‘i, call 274-3141 and then extension 6-8126.

The conference is held in partnership with Center on Disability Studies, Community Children’s Council Office, the state Department of Education, Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability and Communication Access Board, Early Intervention Section, Good Beginnings Alliance, Hawai‘i Families As Allies, Hilopa’a Family to Family Health Information Center, Learning Disabilities Association of Hawai‘i/Hawai‘i Parent Training and Information Center, and Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities.

For printed and electronic copies of the registration form, call Jan Tateishi or Susan Rocco at 808-586-8126 or e-mail at spin@doh.hawaii.gov.

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