Join us the 2nd Saturday of each month beginning at 1:30pm for a free parent training from local experts around the community and state.


If there is a topic you are interested in, please let us know and we will work hard to make it happen!

Parent Group Training Topics

Date                    Speaker                                     Contact Info                                         Topic__________________

2018



October 13th     Shantel Chapmen           Shantel.chapman@vrfldoe.org                   Vocational Rehabilitation Overview


September 15th  Maryann Devivo                                                                          FI Parent Group Discussion-Needed Sevices


August 11th      Donna Djerf & Eliana Tardio           donnald@leeschools.net                    ESE, IEP's, & BSP's


July 14th       Tracy Taylor                           tracy.taylor@apdcares.org                  APD Medicaid Waiver Presentation


June 9th        Lance McKinney, Esquire              info@omplaw.com                          Special Needs, ABLE Act, & More


May 12th           Debbie Quimby                    dquimby@leegov.com                 Hurricane Pre for Special Needs Families

March 10th        Erica Harp, CPA                   eharp@hughessnell.com                         Preparing for Tax Season


February 10th    Leigh Anna Nowak                 lnowak@fgcu.edu                              Promising Pathway’s Preview

Card-USF


January 13th      Stephanie Love               slove@stepupforstudents.org                        Step Up for Students

2017

December 9th     Janet Feurig                                                                              Motor & Sensory Needs at Home   


November 11th      FGCU                                                                                           Family Feedback Forum


August 12th      Staff Officer Tyus                                                                                   Stranger Danger

Lee County Sheriffs Office


July 15th       Back to School Summit                   Eliana@fndfl.org                           IEP Education and Advocacy


June 10th           Anjali Van Drie                     avandria@fi-florida.org                     Intro to Understanding Behavior


May 13th           Billy Richard                                                                                            LCSO K9 Unit 


April 8   Promising Pathways Autism Conference at FGCU-no parent group was held so caregivers could attend the conference 

             
March 11th        Jaime Hoover, MS              Jaime.hoover@leehealth.org                  Safety Supports for Your Child


February 11th     Lance McKinney                  info@omplaw.com                        Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Act, & More
Osterhout & McKinney, P.A. Certified Elder Law Attorney


January 14th       Donna DJerf                         donnald@leeschools.net                            IEP Process & Advocacy
Lee County Public Schools Family Liaison for Exceptional Student Education                   
Eliana Tardio                                                    Eliana@fndfl.org                               Parent Education Network Director 

2016 

December 10th  Martha Uhlar                           marty02@embarqmail.com             Talking about Talking: Speech Q&A
Speech Language Pathologist Lee County Schools 

       
November 12th Leslie Deason, MS, RD, LDN      lesliedeason@colliergov.net                    Impact of Diet & Nutrition
Collier County Government       


October 8th   Megan Feeney                             meganfeeney@goodwillswfl.org             Goodwill's Disability Services
Program Manager of Disability Support Services Goodwill Industries of SWFL


September 10th  Dr. Chuck Bradley                    chuckeb@leeschool.net                              Lee County ESE Q&A


August 13th  Collene Cancelliere                       colleen.cncelliere@apdcares.org               Medicaid Waiver Overview
Agency for Persons with Disabilities  Regional Program Supervisor


July 9th  Anjali Van Drie, MA, MSW, BCBA              avandrie@fi-florida.org                      Conversations About Behavior


June 11th  Donna DJerf                                        DonnaLD@leeschools.net                      Navigating the IEP Process


May 14th  Representative Dane Eagle                 Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov              Conversation with Families                     

Florida House of Representatives

April 9th  Brenda Gellinger, BSW                      bgellinger@sheriffleefl.org                 Project Lifesaver, Wandering Prevention
Lee County Sheriff's Office

March 12th  Leigh-Anna Nowak, MSW                    lnowak@usf.edu                          Transitions for your Special Needs Youth
Card-USF

February 13th Tara Tallaksen                          tara.tallaksen@leememorial.org                    Autism Resources in SWFL
Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL​​