Parents of Special Children has open house at new site

Parents of Special Children, Inc. held its second annual AIM High night and open house last month at their new office location.

The agency, located in Fulton, recently moved into a larger suite to accommodate their growing programs.

Parents of Special Children, Inc. is a nonprofit agency, funded through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Support Services, private donations and local fundraising events.

Its goal is to support families who are caring for individuals with developmental disabilities by assisting with reimbursements of goods and services that allow them to better care for their individuals.

Families also enjoy a variety of events throughout the year such as the Backyard BBQ and Family Fun Festival, Breakfast with Santa, bowling and ice cream parties, Chicken Jamboree fundraiser, and the newly added Doing It Our Way sports and recreational programs.

In addition to reimbursement supports and family functions, the agency has an educational advocate on staff to assist families in researching answers to the special education process.

The advocate at Parents of Special Children is able to attend school meetings, mediation and hearings, explore alternative programming, help protect the child’s rights under federal and state laws and regulations, actively participate in negotiations regarding evaluations, IEPs and placement, evaluate meeting outcomes and help to identify the next step.

There is no charge for this service from PSC.

Parents of Special Children recently began holding Family Connections, a monthly support meeting for families living with any type of developmental disabilities. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. It offers a safe place to talk about personal issues, experiences, struggles and thoughts.

During the three-hour community event held at the Parents of Special Children office last month, staff and board members welcomed about 50 people to explore the agency’s new suite. Families and community members were able to check out the new wheelchair ramp (built by Operation Northern Comfort), enjoy delicious foods, network and learn about the agency’s new programs.

The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the new SENSORY ROOM, which was made possible by a mini-grant from the Oswego County Autism Task Force. The SENSORY ROOM will allow the agency to offer child care during their monthly meetings, workshops and trainings and office consultations.

Parents of Special Children, Inc. is a parent driven organization, dedicated to family empowerment and improving the quality of the everyday lives of special needs families.

For more information, call Theresa Familo, executive director, at  598-7672.

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