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__________________


October 13th     Shantel Chapmen                    Vocational Rehabilitation Overview

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

August 11th      Donna Djerf & Eliana Tardio                     ESE, IEP's, & BSP's

July 14th       Tracy Taylor                                   APD Medicaid Waiver Presentation

June 9th        Lance McKinney, Esquire                              Special Needs, ABLE Act, & More

May 12th           Debbie Quimby                           Hurricane Pre for Special Needs Families

March 10th        Erica Harp, CPA                                  Preparing for Tax Season

February 10th    Leigh Anna Nowak                                     Promising Pathway’s Preview


January 13th      Stephanie Love                             Step Up for Students


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                                    IEP Education and Advocacy

June 10th           Anjali Van Drie                                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                      Safety Supports for Your Child

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

January 14th       Donna DJerf                                           IEP Process & Advocacy
Lee County Public Schools Family Liaison for Exceptional Student Education                   
Eliana Tardio                                                                         Parent Education Network Director 


December 10th  Martha Uhlar                              Talking about Talking: Speech Q&A
Speech Language Pathologist Lee County Schools 

November 12th Leslie Deason, MS, RD, LDN                    Impact of Diet & Nutrition
Collier County Government       

October 8th   Megan Feeney                                Goodwill's Disability Services
Program Manager of Disability Support Services Goodwill Industries of SWFL

September 10th  Dr. Chuck Bradley                                        Lee County ESE Q&A

August 13th  Collene Cancelliere                            Medicaid Waiver Overview
Agency for Persons with Disabilities  Regional Program Supervisor

July 9th  Anjali Van Drie, MA, MSW, BCBA                          Conversations About Behavior

June 11th  Donna DJerf                                                    Navigating the IEP Process

May 14th  Representative Dane Eagle                     Conversation with Families                     

Florida House of Representatives

April 9th  Brenda Gellinger, BSW                             Project Lifesaver, Wandering Prevention
Lee County Sheriff's Office

March 12th  Leigh-Anna Nowak, MSW                                    Transitions for your Special Needs Youth

February 13th Tara Tallaksen                                    Autism Resources in SWFL
Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL​​