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Special Education forum planned

Local families of children and young adults with disabilities are invited to the Families Together Forum on Oct. 12 on the campus of Delta State.

Local families of children and young adults with disabilities are invited to the Families Together Forum on Oct. 12 on the campus of Delta State.

The Special Education Program of the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership and Research and the Delta State University Diversity Committee are joining forces to host a Families Together Forum on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall on campus.

“The Families Together Forum is a grassroots effort to combat isolation for families of children and young adults with exceptionalities at several levels — feeling alone in the parenting process; feeling isolated in our rural region; and building and strengthening networks,” said Dr. Maud Kuykendall of the Special Education Program at Delta State.

Event registration and attendance is limited to families of children and young adults with disabilities to promote and protect privacy. Those planning to attend are asked to register by Oct. 11. Online registration is available, or register by email at mkuykn@deltastate.edu.

A pizza lunch will be provided afterward for registered participants.

“It is an opportunity for underserved families to connect with families who have access and knowledge of existing local support groups and resources,” added Kuykendall. “Lastly, it will provide information directly from these support groups and resources.”

Kuykendall said this affair would be a great networking opportunity for all families involved.

“We hope you will join us for this wonderful opportunity to share our experiences, challenges and successes,” she said. “Many families of children and young adults with exceptionalities often need support in the parenting process as well as information and assistance in dealing with the challenges we face in our rural region.

“Moreover, families often need help and encouragement to build and strengthen support networks.”

To learn more about the Special Education Program at Delta State, please visit the website.

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