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Community Resource Fair and Panel Discussion on Transitioning from School on May 18
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Southern Adirondack Education Center's Special Programs will host Building Bridges: Empowering Children and Families and Strengthening Connections to the Community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.
The event, for parents whose children attend the Special and Alternative Education Programs at the Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC), will provide them a resource fair comprised of regional social services along with a panel discussion on what the next step is for students who are graduating or exiting high school.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Community Resource Fair will have representatives from local agencies such as Captain Youth and Family Services, WAIT House, Washington County Department of Social Services, Center for Children and Families, Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center, Council for Prevention, Catholic Charities, and Warren County One Stop Career Center. In addition, a Spa Corner will be set up with Spa Studio from Glens Falls giving massages and cosmetology students providing spa services. Chef Nicolas Zwart’s culinary students are providing desserts.
From 1 to 2 p.m., Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan will facilitate a panel discussion about transition services for students exiting high school. Parents will learn what services are available for their children from job coaches and employment counselors to group homes. The panelists include: Brandon Waylett from Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR); Mike Gray from Youth Bureau; Candy Taverni and Nancy Damoretcki, both transition specialists from Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC); and Kim Meade and Lisa Buckley both from Community, Work, and Independence (CWI).
Special and alternative programs at SAEC include the Therapeutic Support Program North (TSPN), BOCES Employability Skills Training (BEST) program, and Skills Training and Education Program (STEP). Programs are designed to build a community among families with children with special needs and the school staff.
Dr. Turina Parker, Principal for Special Programs, said, “Building a sense of community is vital to the Special Programs’ mission as families and students often feel isolated by social and academic deficits.”