Spring Chat-n-Chew Series Workshops
We are looking forward to our Spring 2017 Chat-n-Chew series. Bring your lunch, share information, network, and learn in this casual and welcoming environment.  Whether you are the parent of a special needs child or a professional who works with special needs individuals, these workshops can provide you with a wealth of information.

These free sessions, kicking off on February 22, are open to everyone.

We have some great new topics. Take a look and register to join us.  We’ll have snacks. Feel free to bring your lunch!


How to Access, Navigate Benefits with Employment, and Long Term Planning Strategies
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

In our first workshop, we’ll jump right in and discuss life planning for those with disabilities and how to prepare for the future.  We’ll hear about various topics including Social Security Income(SSI)/Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), how working affects Medical Assistance (MA) & federal cash benefits, Medicaid vs. Medicare, and we will have time for questions.

Presented by: Michele Leahy, MS lifeplanning, M. Leahy & Associates.


A Parent’s Perspective to Accessing Services
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

Raising a child with special needs can be a challenge. Sometimes it is helpful to get the perspective of someone who has “been there, done that.’ Come join us as Don DiMarco shares his experience as the father of three special needs children. He will give his perspective on navigating and accessing the mental health, special education systems, including social security benefits.

Presented by: Don DiMarco, Parent of three children with special needs


Mental Health First Aid
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

Do you know someone with a mental health diagnosis? This workshop is designed to teach you the skills to help another person struggling with a mental health concern or crisis. Learn the risk factors, warning signs, and the impact of mental health concerns. Explore how to access local mental health resources in this informative workshop.

Presented by: Tracy Berringer, Chester County Department of MH/IDD


Housing Options
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

What are the housing options for my loved one? What are the eligibility requirements? Where can I get funding? How do I apply? Come learn the answers to these and other questions as this workshop explores the issue of housing for special needs individuals.

Presented by: Jeanne Meikrantz, Executive Director, The Arc of Chester County and Bridget Thrash, Deputy ID Director, Chester County Department of MH/IDD


How to Access, Navigate Benefits with Employment, and Long Term Planning Strategies
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

Back by popular demand! Come join us to discuss life planning for those with disabilities and how to prepare for hte future. We’ll hear about various topics including Social Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), how working affects Medical Assistance (MA) & federal cash benefits, Medicaid vs. Medicare, and we will have time for questions.

Presented by Michele Leahy, MS Life Planning, M. Leahy & Associates


Transition Planning Part 1
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

Transition for adolescent children with special needs can be a complicated and confusing process for parents. Transition is an outcome based process that is long range in nature. It assists in creating a bridge between the security of school and the risks and opportunities of employment and adult life. In this four-part series we will learn how to access the services and systems your child will need as they move into adulthood and how important it is to start preparing early to ensure success.

Part 1: An overview which will cover entitlement vs. eligibility, transition in the IEP & assessments.

Presented by: Joyceann Husted, Special Education Advocate,The Arc of Chester County

Dan Woody, Attorney at Law, Woody Law Offices, P.C.


Transition Planning Part 2
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

Transition for adolescent children with special needs can be a difficult process for parents. Transition is outcome based and is long-range in nature. It assists in creating a bridge between the security of school and the risks and opportunities of employment and adult life. In this overview we will learn how to access the services and systems your child will need as they move into adulthood and how important it is to start preparing early to ensure success.

Part 2: We will discuss disability and employment

Presented by: Joyceann Husted, Special Education Advocate, The Arc of Chester County

Shane Kennedy, Director, Comprehensive Employment Services, The Arc of Chester County

Angela Webster-Office of Vocational Rehabilitation


Crime Victims: Bullying and Electronic Devices
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

A representative from Crime Victims of Chester County will discuss bullying and harassment.  The discussion is designed to raise awareness of the presence of bullying in our schools, as well as the effects on the students, and the role electronic devices play in bullying. Strategies for parents and children will be addressed to enable parents to assist their children with the struggles surrounding bullying.

Presented by: Carol Intintoli, Prevention Specialist, Crime Victims of Chester County


Transition Part 3
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

Transition for adolescent children with special needs can be a complicated and confusing process for parents. Transition is an outcome based process that is long range in nature. It assists in creating a bridge between the security of school and the risks and opportunities of employment and adult life. In this four-part series we will learn how to access the services and systems your child will need as they move into adulthood and how important it is to start preparing early to ensure success.

Part 3: We will cover Intellectual Disability Services and Mental Health resources.

Presented by: Joyceann Husted, Special Education Advocate, The Arc of Chester County

Julie Moyer, Chester County Dept. of MH/IDD


Transition Part 4
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

Transition for adolescent children with special needs can be a complicated and confusing process for parents. Transition is an outcome based process that is long range in nature. It assists in creating a bridge between the security of school and the risks and opportunities of employment and adult life. In this four-part series we will learn how to access the services and systems your child will need as they move into adulthood and how important it is to start preparing early to ensure success.

Part 4: We will focus on the transition Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Presented by: Joyceann Husted, Special Education Advocate, The Arc of Chester County


The Final Rule and How It Will Affect Employment
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

 

What is the Final Rule? How will it affect my adult child with a disability who is in a vocational or pre-vocational program now or will be in the near future? Come learn the answers to these questions and join in a discussion on how these new regulations will affect your navigation of the special needs community.

Presented by: TBD