Family STAR Talks with the Expert – Pediatric Ophthalmology

Children’s eye care needs are different from those of adults. Early diagnosis and treatment of childhood eye diseases and disorders significantly impact your child’s physical, emotional, and social development. Children who have certain medical conditions such as intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, Down syndrome, neurofibromatosis, prematurity, or behavioral issues benefit greatly from a comprehensive eye examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Join us for a conversation with a pediatric ophthalmologist to talk about these issues and to share resources.

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Family Road Map

Free in-person training for parents/caregivers who care for children and youth (up to age 18) with special needs! This course is designed to empower families with information and strategies to be successful advocates for their loved ones.

Space is limited!

Reservations are required by October 1st.

Please contact Debbie Lombard at 954-729-3555 or  use the link below to register.:

Parents As Leaders

 On Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. KCBS Advance Academy and FND Parent Education Network (PEN) are hosting a workshop for parents.

Please join PEN for an enlightening workshop titled Parents as Leaders. We recognize that a child’s disability affects the child and the entire family. This workshop is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of your child’s unique strengths and challenges. We will provide tools and resources to help you confidently navigate educational, medical, and social pathways to ensure your child receives the best support possible. Let’s come together to empower our children and ourselves in this journey. Reserve your spot today and maximize this opportunity to connect, learn, and thrive.

Tips for Caregiver Stress & Burnout

Starting in September, FND PEN will host virtual and in-person monthly webinars with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

We will cover a wide variety of topics related to special education, effective communication, resources, and much more.

On September 26, 2023, we will host an in-person workshop, Caring for the Caregiver, at the Success Center in Winter Park at 7 p.m.

Please use this link to register in advance: or scan the QR code to register on the smore flyer:

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the added workload. So, is it any wonder that caregivers are some of the people most prone to burnout? Managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as ensuring your family member gets to the doctor’s appointment or takes their medication on time.

A Guide to an Individualized Education Plan that Works

Starting this October, FND PEN will host an in-person monthly workshop with Lake County Public School.

We will cover a wide variety of topics related to special education, effective communication, resources, and much more.

On October 18, 2023, we will present a workshop on A Guide to an IEP that works.

This is an in-person event, and you can register in advance at this link: or scan the QR code in this flyer link to register.

Location for this event: Grassy Lake Elementary1100 Fosgate Road Minneola, Fl 34715

Workshop Details: Developing and implementing an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is the equal responsibility of educators, parents, and other members of the IEP team. This workshop explains the IEP process and the importance of parental participation. Learn helpful tips for writing effective IEP goals and strategies.

Collaborative Communication and Effective Parent-Teacher Conference

Starting this October, FND PEN will host a virtual monthly ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinar with the Osceola County School District.

We will cover various topics related to special education, effective communication, and resources.

This month, October 04, 2023, we will present a workshop on Collaborative Communication and Effective Parent-Teacher Conference. Join us on Zoom at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Click here to register.

This flyer will have all the resources discussed in the workshop.

Collaborative Communication

In this presentation, you will learn about different forms of communication to help you effectively advocate for your loved one. This includes: What are the different forms of communication? What’s the difference between active and passive listening? How does collaborative communication help me? How do I incorporate this information when meeting with teams to understand and effectively advocate for necessary services for my loved one?

Effective Parent-Teacher Conference

Having a parent-teacher conference is an opportunity to collaborate with the goal of a better academic and social outcome for the student. This presentation will explain setting expectations for the meeting and developing a meeting agenda and goals to help facilitate a productive meeting.

It’s All About The Apps Facebook Live Webinar

Workshop summary

No matter which hurdles your child faces, apps and other media included in this presentation can give him or her an added boost. We don’t expect an app to be a complete solution, of course. Working with students who face challenges requires lots of time, attention, and patience on the part of a parent, teacher, or other adult caregivers. Our goal is to offer you a host of fun apps you can add to your toolkit as you work with your child.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Webinar

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Workshop Summary

Sometimes, parents disagree with the school district about something related to their child and special education. When you disagree or feel that the school is not meeting its legal obligations, there are several ways for parents to resolve these disagreements.

It is usually best for everyone involved to work out differences at the lowest possible level with the least amount of conflict. This presentation has information about:

1. Informal ways to resolve differences.

2. Formal options offered by the State.

3. Preparing and communicating your concerns.

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Transition to Kindergarten

In collaboration with Lake County Public Schools and FND PEN we will host this workshop.

Soren Richardson will be presenting the workshop ‘Transition to Kindergarten’.

“Transition to Kindergarten” is a dynamic and interactive workshop that helps children with disabilities transition to kindergarten along with their families. By addressing the common questions and concerns that come along with this important step in the lives of families, “Transition to Kindergarten” will help families understand their rights and responsibilities as active participants in the process.

This is an in-person event.

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