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.

Facebook Live:

Kolaborasyon ant paran ak pwofese

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Vini Patisipe nan Prezantasyon sa
Si w konsidere webinar sa a gen chans pou w te patisipe nan yon konferans paran-pwofesè nan tan lontan oswa w ap prepare pou youn nan lavni. Pou moun nan nou ki te asiste reyinyon yo, ou ka mande tèt ou, èske reyinyon paran-pwofesè sa a te efikas? Oswa petèt ou gen yon reyinyon apwoche epi ou gen espwa pou rezilta pozitif. Pafwa tou de paran yo ak pwofesè yo ka pè reyinyon sa yo paske yo pa sèten nan rezilta final la.
Kèlkeswa rezon an, Nou espere ou pral jwenn enfòmasyon nou yo itil pou soulaje kèk nan enkyetid ke nou tout fè eksperyans de tan zan tan lè nou gen diskisyon sa yo ki enpòtan anpil. Travay ansanm ka pwodui rezilta ki gen sans e se sa nou espere ou pral jwenn nan fen prezantasyon nou an
Facebook Live:

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.

Register for this event at:

“The Day The Dinosaurs Came To Town” Living Through A Disaster

Join us for a facilitated discussion about disaster
preparedness and what it is really like for a family with
children with special healthcare needs to live through and survive a catastrophic event. This presentation is part of the Florida Family Leaders Network’s Spring Webinar Series in collaboration with Family Network on Disabilities and Early Steps.

Registration required:

It’s All About the Apps!

This presentation is for youth and their families.

Assistive Technology helps with success!
No matter what hurdles youth face, apps and other media included in this presentation can give them solutions for success. This presentation offers a selection of apps you can add to your toolkit as you navigate school, home, and other areas of your life.

Strategies that Work! Managing Your Mental Health and Wellness

This presentation is for youth and their families. We all need to support our mental health and wellness but many don’t know where to start. This presentation will give participants easy to follow strategies to incorporate into daily life and the scientific reasons they are successful. Resources will also be shared.


Join Family STAR for an informational session on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

        Learn about the following:

The Application Processes
Eligibility for Special Cases, Populations
Your Rights
Navigating the Denial Process
Resources in Florida

Nuts & Bolts of Self-determination

Soren Richardson will present the workshop on Thursday, February 16st, 2023, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Zoom and live in CFAC Facebook group.

Register in advance to join zoom and ask questions after the workshop.

Workshop summary

Students who have self-determination skills have a stronger chance of being successful by addressing the need for self-determination skills among adolescents, including some of the major components of self-determination, which are: knowledge of self and others, personal management, effective communication, self-advocacy, and Advocacy within systems, decision-making, goal setting & problem-solving. These experiences help a young person test his or her strengths as a self-advocate. Adult outcomes for the students were assessed using a scale completed by parents.

FND PEN is hosting a series of webinars with the Central Florida Autism Community on the last Thursday of every month. We will have a wide variety of topics related to special education, advocacy, and self-care.