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  • EarlySteps: Start to Finish

    EarlySteps: Start to Finish

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    2023-02-02

    EarlySteps: Start to Finish – EarlySteps is Louisiana’s Early Intervention System that provides services and supports to babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Join us as we navigate the EarlySteps process.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of Greater New Orleans

    Audience: Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

     

    A Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans program

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  • Mardi Gras Bowling with Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans

    Mardi Gras Bowling with Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans

    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    2023-02-05
    6601 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA 70123

    Join DSAGNO for Mardi Gras themed bowling. Wear your favorite Mardi Gras outfit and come have some fun.

    The event is Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Colonial Bowling Lanes (6601 Jefferson Highway in Harahan).

    For more information and to reserve your free tickets, click here.

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  • What Happens When Parents & Schools Disagree?

    What Happens When Parents & Schools Disagree?

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    2023-02-07

    What Happens When Parents & Schools Disagree? This training session will delve into Louisiana’s Special Education dispute resolution options and what to do when you disagree with the school regarding your child’s special education services. We will discuss:

    • Frequently used acronyms;
    • Different informal and formal dispute resolutions options offered by the Louisiana Department of Education; and
    • How to request a dispute resolution option.

     

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of Greater New Orleans

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Audience: Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • Accommodations vs. Modifications

    Accommodations vs. Modifications

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    2023-02-08

    Accommodations vs. Modifications – Meeting after meeting, parents and teachers use the words “accommodation” and “modification” almost interchangeably when discussing IEPs and student needs. If understood and used correctly, these words can greatly impact the success of a child’s educational program. Get answers to these questions and more:

    • How can accommodations and modifications help my child in the general education classroom?
    • How are accommodations and modifications included in IEP?
    • Which accommodations are provided for state testing?

    Understanding accommodations and modifications can be a game changer for your child.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon,  FHF of GNO

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana

    Audience: Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • Who Needs a Surrogate Parent?

    Who Needs a Surrogate Parent?

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    2023-02-09

    Who Needs a Surrogate Parent? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives parents of children with disabilities an active role in planning their child’s educational programs and decision making. However, sometimes the parent is not available and IDEA allows for a surrogate parent to fill this very important role. Join us as we discuss which children are eligible for a surrogate parent, who can be a surrogate parent, and most importantly, who cannot be a surrogate parent.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Families Helping Families of Acadiana

    Audience: Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Parent Rights in Special Education

    Parent Rights in Special Education

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    2023-02-09

    Parent Rights in Special Education – Join us as we discuss the rights that parents have when it comes to their child’s special education and related services:

    • Parental participation;
    • Access to education records;
    • Iinformed consent;
    • Prior written notice;
    • Independent Education Evaluation;
    • Your right to disagree with school

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Bayou Land Families Helping Families

    Audience:  Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Autistic Adults Social Group (18+ years old)

    Autistic Adults Social Group (18+ years old)

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    2023-02-09

    Adult social group (18+ years old)

    Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 6:00pm

    Facilitator: Emily Davis

    Host: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Description: The Online Social Group is designed to help reduce feelings of isolation and increase the opportunity for social interaction with peers as well as connect with people who understand you!  To attend, please sign up below.  Once your RSVP is received you will be sent the meeting link and access code to attend, please do not share the meeting link and access code with anyone. If you have any questions, send ASGNO an email at info@asgno.org.  If you are seeking a more support-group type environment for the serious life issues, check out their Autistic Adults support group. See all of ASGNO’s virtual programs by clicking here.

    Sign Up Now

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  • The Tiered Waiver System

    The Tiered Waiver System

    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2023-02-13

    The Tiered Waiver System – Previously, these community-based services, or waiver services, were offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Now, individuals receive waiver offers based on their needs. Join Dr. Amy Greer from the Louisiana Department of Health Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities as she answers your questions about how the tiered system works.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Audience:  Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

     

    A Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans program

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  • The Bridge from High School to Postsecondary Services

    The Bridge from High School to Postsecondary Services

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    2023-02-14

    The Bridge from High School to Postsecondary Services – In this webinar, we will assist you to understand the Individual Transition Plan (ITP) process as it pertains to postsecondary education and other related services. We will also provide an overview of programs and resources available to your child entering postsecondary education or employment.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Families Helping Families of NOLA

    Audience: Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group

    Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    2023-02-14

    Caregiver Support Group (English)

    Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm and the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:30pm

    Facilitator: Stacy Badon

    Host: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Description: Caregivers of individuals with autism face many unique challenges. Life can seem very different and distant from the experiences of many other families. It can be possible to feel that there is no way that they can ask for or expect other people to understand their experiences. This support group is a place for caregivers to share experiences, get information and advice, make community connections, and research opportunities for services and provision for their children. The group is also a safe place for caregivers to have fun and talk about all of the ups and downs of parenting as well as the big and small issues. Sign up below. See all of ASGNO’s virtual programs by clicking here.

    Sign Up Now

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  • Anti-Discrimination Laws & Students with Disabilities

    Anti-Discrimination Laws & Students with Disabilities

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    2023-02-15

    Anti-Discrimination Laws & Students with Disabilities – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are anti-discrimination laws. They prohibit schools from discriminating against students with disabilities. Join us and learn about your child’s important protections under these laws.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge

    Audience: Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with
    disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • The Basics of Educational Plans: IEP’s vs 504 Plan

    The Basics of Educational Plans: IEP’s vs 504 Plan

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    2023-02-16

    The Basics Educational Plans: IEP’s vs 504 Plans – Students with disabilities will usually qualify for either an IEP or a 504 Plan – but what is the difference and is one better than the other?  This training will take you through the eligibility process of both plans, the laws that regulate both, the differences in the plans and parental rights.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of Greater New Orleans

    Audience: Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with
    disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

     

    A Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans program

  • How to Write Ambitious IEP Goals

    How to Write Ambitious IEP Goals

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    2023-02-16

    How to Write Ambitious IEP Goals – Join us as we discuss some tips to help you focus on making your child’s IEP as complete as possible to ensure good outcomes. During this webinar, we will discuss measurable annual goals and how they are written, your role as an IEP team member and how to create a results driven IEP.

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Hosts: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana

    Audience: Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with
    disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    To register, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Autistic Adults Support Group

    Autistic Adults Support Group

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    2023-02-16

    Autistic Adults Support Group

    Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM, CST

    Facilitator: Emily Davis

    Host: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Description: This group is aimed at providing Autistic Adults with a safe space for compassionate peer support about the more serious topics of life.  Geared towards support discussions, this group aims to provide support for Autistic adults on work issues, interview help, interpersonal relationships, challenges of independent living, relating to coworkers, and anything else that makes day-to-day-life difficult, exhausting, or challenging.  Seek support from people who have been there. If you are seeking a more laid-back social group, please sign up for ASGNO’s Adult Social Group (18+)! See all of ASGNO’s virtual programs by clicking here.

    Sign Up Now

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  • (Spanish) Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group (Encargado/Padre/Madre de habla español)

    (Spanish) Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group (Encargado/Padre/Madre de habla español)

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    2023-02-21

    Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group (Encargado/Padre/Madre de habla español)

    Se reúne el tercer martes de cada mes a las 6:00 p.m., hora central

    Facilitadora: Stacy Badon

    Organizacíon Anfitriona: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Descripción: Para muchos encarcado de personas con grandes necesidades de apoyo en el espectro autismo, la vida puede parecer muy diferente de las experiencias de otras familias. Puede parecer imposible esperar que otras personas comprendan sus experiencias. Este grupo de apoyo es un lugar para que los encargado compartan experiencias, obtengan información, consejos y establezcan conexiones con la comunidad. El grupo también es un lugar seguro para que los encargado se diviertan y hablen sobre todos los altibajos de la crianza de los hijos, así como sobre los problemas grandes y pequeños.

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  • Autistic Adults Social Group (18+ years old)

    Autistic Adults Social Group (18+ years old)

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    2023-02-23

    Adult social group (18+ years old)

    Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 6:00pm

    Facilitator: Emily Davis

    Host: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Description: The Online Social Group is designed to help reduce feelings of isolation and increase the opportunity for social interaction with peers as well as connect with people who understand you!  To attend, please sign up below.  Once your RSVP is received you will be sent the meeting link and access code to attend, please do not share the meeting link and access code with anyone. If you have any questions, send ASGNO an email at info@asgno.org.  If you are seeking a more support-group type environment for the serious life issues, check out their Autistic Adults support group. See all of ASGNO’s virtual programs by clicking here.

    Sign Up Now

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  • Family Outing with Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Family Outing with Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    2023-02-25
    945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Sensory Friendly Morning at the National WWII Museum

    Saturday, February 25th
    8:00-12:00 (Arrive between 8:00-9:00 for FREE admission!)

    Join the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans for a family meet-up at the World War II Museum’s monthly Sensory Friendly morning on February 25, 2023. During this time, the museum will provide a more accessible environment including reduced noise in certain exhibits. A social story will be provided to all who register and sensory bags will be available on site.

    Admission to the museum is free for Sensory-Friendly Mornings from 8:00am-9:00am. The modified experience will last until 12:00pm.

    For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit the WWII Museum’s website by clicking here.

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  • Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group

    Autism Society of GNO’s Caregiver Support Group

    12:30 pm-1:30 pm
    2023-02-28

    Caregiver Support Group (English)

    Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm and the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:30pm

    Facilitator: Stacy Badon

    Host: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Description: Caregivers of individuals with autism face many unique challenges. Life can seem very different and distant from the experiences of many other families. It can be possible to feel that there is no way that they can ask for or expect other people to understand their experiences. This support group is a place for caregivers to share experiences, get information and advice, make community connections, and research opportunities for services and provision for their children. The group is also a safe place for caregivers to have fun and talk about all of the ups and downs of parenting as well as the big and small issues. Sign up below. See all of ASGNO’s virtual programs by clicking here.

    Sign Up Now

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