The Family Leaders Conference, New Dreams: Resources
and Inspiration for People With Disabilities and Their Families,
will be held on March 10, 2007. This free conference will be
held from 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Chateau Hotel and Conference
Center, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704. Registration will
begin at 8:00 a.m. The conference includes a free continental
breakfast and lunch.
The audience is families of children with
disabilities, adult individuals with disabilities, and those who
educate and work with children and adults with disabilities.
This conference will include two keynote speakers.
Karen Gaffney, an accomplished young woman with Down syndrome, will
share her amazing achievements that include swimming the English
Channel, attending a Portland college and having her own foundation.
Matt Cohen, an Illinois attorney, will share his expertise on
special education rules, regulations and what parents and schools
need to know about them. The breakout sessions will include
information about IDEA 2004, curriculum adaptations and
modifications, visual strategies, IEP planning and participation,
family and individual perspectives, person-centered planning, and
advocacy. Information booths will also be available.
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The following credits are available: contact hours,
CPDUs, CDA Area 4, CE credit and EI credits for some sessions. For
fellowship information to help with travel/hotel expenses, call Mary
Smith at STARnet at 217-742-5252 or the ARC of Illinois at
On Friday evening, March 9, a dance/social with
Karen Gaffney will be held in the Chateau Ballroom from 7:00-9:00
p.m. No registration is necessary for the dance/social.
Registration is required and is limited to 250
participants. To register contact STARnet by registering online at
workshop listing or email Mary Smith at
email@example.com or fax to
STARnet at 309-298-2305.
The collaborators/sponsors are: Central Illinois
Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO); Child and Family Connections 3;
Early Childhood Intervention Clearinghouse; Family Matters; Family
Support Network; Hearing and Vision Connections; Illinois Autism/PDD
Training & Technical Assistance Project; Illinois School for the
Deaf; Illinois School for the Visually Impaired; Illinois State
Board of Education, Special Education Services; Parent and Educator
Partnership; Project Choices and STARnet Regions I and III.
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