315-478-1462
Mar
2
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

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“How to Involve and Engage Students in the Individualized Education (IEP) Process”

Presented by Kristine O’Brien, SUPAC

Student participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning process improves both in-school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. When parents, school staff, and those participating in the IEP planning process prepare students effectively to participate in their IEP meetings the students learn self-advocacy skills and take an active role in their own IEP development. During this training parents will engage in strength based activities as well as take home many great tools and strategies to involve their child in the IEP Process.  Bring your lunch!

May
4
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

MSC’s may earn a 2 hour certificate for ongoing MSC training; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Recreation and Respite”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration Required. EFR has many recreation and respite opportunities for all ages. Join us and learn about Project Explore, Parents Night Out, SU Match & more!

Jun
1
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Families receiving Family Education and Training Credit must have their MSC register them for a workshop; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Employment and Work Training Programs”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration is Required! Are you interested in working? Do you need more training? EFR has work readiness, job development programs and supportive employment services.

Aug
3
Thu
“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” @ Exceptional Family Resources
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” 
What is the purpose of a Person-Centered Plan?

How is a Person-Centered Plan used to write an ISP?

What is my role during a Person-Centered Planning meeting, how can I advocate in a positive way?

Attendees will learn strategies of how to develop a meaningful & useful Person-Centered Plan (PCP). Attendees will be given different examples of planning tools/forms to assist with gaining information and insight about a person’s desires, needs, interests and personal goals. This workshop will show how the information from a PCP meeting will be used to develop a clear and concise Individualized Service Plan (ISP). An ISP will be written in plain language using information from the PCP including meaningful goals, important safety information and valued outcomes that directly support the needs, interests and values of a person.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone receiving OPWDD services, their family members, MSC’s or other professionals that participate in the PCP/ISP meeting process. Join us for a fun afternoon as you prepare for your next successful PCP/ISP meeting!

Presenter: Karen Adams, Resource Specialist/MSC, QIDP  Karen has worked at Exceptional Family Resources since 2003 as an educational advocate, MSC, Resource Specialist, Family Education & Training Coordinator and the editor of the Onondaga County Resource Manual. Karen resides in Liverpool with her husband Tom and their two children; Stephanie (20yrs old), Frank (19yrs old). Frank has moderate/severe autism. Over the last 17 years, Karen has attended 100’s of IEP/ISP and PCP planning meetings as both a parent and a professional

Registration is required (OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is available; if needed contact Karen for paperwork & forms) Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided RSVP: kadams@contactefr.org  or call Karen Adams 478-1462 Ext. 337

All of our workshops are FREE & open to the public. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

Oct
5
Thu
CSE Overview; Learn how to be an effective member of this important team @ Exceptional Family Resources
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CSE Overview: Learn how to be an effective member of this important team

*MSC’s can receive a 2-hour certificate for ongoing OPWDD training credit; OPWDD Family Education & Training credit is also available; Parents contact your *MSC

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is responsible for developing a child’s Individualized Education Program
(IEP) through a process which involves the student and parents. This workshop will explain the purpose of the CSE,
the required members, and the parents’ role on the committee.

Participants will learn strategies for effective advocacy with the CSE.

Presenter: Kara Georgi, Parent Education Specialist, Starbridge

Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided.

Nov
16
Thu
Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities @ Exceptional Family Resources
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities

*MSC’s can receive a 2-hour certificate for ongoing OPWDD training credit; OPWDD Family Education & Training credit is also available; Parents contact your *MSC

Thinking about what you want to do after high school is exciting. Preparation for that journey is key while you are
still in school. Parents/guardians and students and need to learn the requirements for graduation. A high school
diploma is achieved through mastering state academic standards, passing required tests and courses and earning
credits. In this training, we will explain the different requirements for the Regents and Local Diploma. We will also
discuss how students can use their strengths to achieve a diploma through multiple pathways. We will explore the
importance of career readiness skills and the credentials available. This training is sure to help you navigate which
options are the best for your child.

Presenter: Kristine O’Brien, Parent Outreach Coordinator, SUPAC

Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided.

Dec
7
Thu
Effective Communication and Advocacy Steps @ Exceptional Family Resources
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Effective Communication and Advocacy Steps

*MSC’s can receive a 2-hour certificate for ongoing OPWDD training credit; OPWDD Family Education & Training credit is also available; Parents contact your *MSC

Do you come away from meetings not saying what you intended or feeling as though your viewpoint is
misunderstood? Do you listen to what other team members say? How do you respond? Communication is key to
effective partnerships. Learn to recognize the barriers in communication that can get in the way of collaboration
and positive outcomes. Strengthen your advocacy skills by learning effective and collaborative communication
strategies. Identify barriers to effective communication Learn techniques to remove barriers Learn elements for
effective teamwork and positive interactions.

Presenter: Kara Georgi Parent Education Specialist, Starbridge

Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE MANUAL

Exceptional Family Resources resource manual is produced every two years and guides users to the many services that exist in Onondaga and surrounding counties.   We are always looking for local businesses who are interested in purchasing advertisement space in the manual.

Mar
2
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

Screenshot 2016-03-21 15.03.40

“How to Involve and Engage Students in the Individualized Education (IEP) Process”

Presented by Kristine O’Brien, SUPAC

Student participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning process improves both in-school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. When parents, school staff, and those participating in the IEP planning process prepare students effectively to participate in their IEP meetings the students learn self-advocacy skills and take an active role in their own IEP development. During this training parents will engage in strength based activities as well as take home many great tools and strategies to involve their child in the IEP Process.  Bring your lunch!

May
4
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

MSC’s may earn a 2 hour certificate for ongoing MSC training; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Recreation and Respite”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration Required. EFR has many recreation and respite opportunities for all ages. Join us and learn about Project Explore, Parents Night Out, SU Match & more!

Jun
1
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Families receiving Family Education and Training Credit must have their MSC register them for a workshop; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Employment and Work Training Programs”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration is Required! Are you interested in working? Do you need more training? EFR has work readiness, job development programs and supportive employment services.

Aug
3
Thu
“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” @ Exceptional Family Resources
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” 
What is the purpose of a Person-Centered Plan?

How is a Person-Centered Plan used to write an ISP?

What is my role during a Person-Centered Planning meeting, how can I advocate in a positive way?

Attendees will learn strategies of how to develop a meaningful & useful Person-Centered Plan (PCP). Attendees will be given different examples of planning tools/forms to assist with gaining information and insight about a person’s desires, needs, interests and personal goals. This workshop will show how the information from a PCP meeting will be used to develop a clear and concise Individualized Service Plan (ISP). An ISP will be written in plain language using information from the PCP including meaningful goals, important safety information and valued outcomes that directly support the needs, interests and values of a person.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone receiving OPWDD services, their family members, MSC’s or other professionals that participate in the PCP/ISP meeting process. Join us for a fun afternoon as you prepare for your next successful PCP/ISP meeting!

Presenter: Karen Adams, Resource Specialist/MSC, QIDP  Karen has worked at Exceptional Family Resources since 2003 as an educational advocate, MSC, Resource Specialist, Family Education & Training Coordinator and the editor of the Onondaga County Resource Manual. Karen resides in Liverpool with her husband Tom and their two children; Stephanie (20yrs old), Frank (19yrs old). Frank has moderate/severe autism. Over the last 17 years, Karen has attended 100’s of IEP/ISP and PCP planning meetings as both a parent and a professional

Registration is required (OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is available; if needed contact Karen for paperwork & forms) Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided RSVP: kadams@contactefr.org  or call Karen Adams 478-1462 Ext. 337

All of our workshops are FREE & open to the public. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

Oct
5
Thu
CSE Overview; Learn how to be an effective member of this important team @ Exceptional Family Resources
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CSE Overview: Learn how to be an effective member of this important team

*MSC’s can receive a 2-hour certificate for ongoing OPWDD training credit; OPWDD Family Education & Training credit is also available; Parents contact your *MSC

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is responsible for developing a child’s Individualized Education Program
(IEP) through a process which involves the student and parents. This workshop will explain the purpose of the CSE,
the required members, and the parents’ role on the committee.

Participants will learn strategies for effective advocacy with the CSE.

Presenter: Kara Georgi, Parent Education Specialist, Starbridge

Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided.

Nov
16
Thu
Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities @ Exceptional Family Resources
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities

*MSC’s can receive a 2-hour certificate for ongoing OPWDD training credit; OPWDD Family Education & Training credit is also available; Parents contact your *MSC

Thinking about what you want to do after high school is exciting. Preparation for that journey is key while you are
still in school. Parents/guardians and students and need to learn the requirements for graduation. A high school
diploma is achieved through mastering state academic standards, passing required tests and courses and earning
credits. In this training, we will explain the different requirements for the Regents and Local Diploma. We will also
discuss how students can use their strengths to achieve a diploma through multiple pathways. We will explore the
importance of career readiness skills and the credentials available. This training is sure to help you navigate which
options are the best for your child.

Presenter: Kristine O’Brien, Parent Outreach Coordinator, SUPAC

Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided.

Dec
7
Thu
Effective Communication and Advocacy Steps @ Exceptional Family Resources
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Effective Communication and Advocacy Steps

*MSC’s can receive a 2-hour certificate for ongoing OPWDD training credit; OPWDD Family Education & Training credit is also available; Parents contact your *MSC

Do you come away from meetings not saying what you intended or feeling as though your viewpoint is
misunderstood? Do you listen to what other team members say? How do you respond? Communication is key to
effective partnerships. Learn to recognize the barriers in communication that can get in the way of collaboration
and positive outcomes. Strengthen your advocacy skills by learning effective and collaborative communication
strategies. Identify barriers to effective communication Learn techniques to remove barriers Learn elements for
effective teamwork and positive interactions.

Presenter: Kara Georgi Parent Education Specialist, Starbridge

Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided.