Parent Group Training Topics

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!

​​Date                Speaker                                                 Contact Info                                                              Topic              ____

2016

February 13     Tara Tallaksen & Kristin Millet                tara.tallaksen@leememorial.org                                     Autism Resources in SWFL

                      Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL 


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

                      Card-USF


April 9             Brenda Gellinger, BSW                          bgellinger@sheriffleefl.org                           Project Lifesaver, Wandering Prevention

                      Lee County Sheriff's Office


May 14            Representative Dane Eagle                   Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov                                      Conversation with families                      Florida House of Representatives


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

                      Lee County Public Schools                      

                      Family Liaison for Exceptional

                      Student Education


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

                     Vice President

                     Family Initiative


August 13       Collene Cancelliere                              colleen.cncelliere@apdcares.org                                         Medicaid Waiver Overview

                     Agency for Persons with Disabilities

                     Regional Program Supervisor


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

                      Lee County School Board Member

                      Exceptional Student Education Director  


October 8       Megan Feeney                                     meganfeeney@goodwillswfl.org                                       Goodwill's Disability Services

                     Program Manager of Disability
                     Support Services
                     Goodwill Industries of SWFL


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

                     Collier County Government   


December 10  Martha Uhlar                                      marty02@embarqmail.com                                      Talking about Talking: Speech Q&A

                     Speech Language Pathologist

                     Lee County Schools


2017

January 14     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


February 11   Lance McKinney                                          info@omplaw.com                                      Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Act, & More

                    Osterhout & McKinney, P.A.

                    Certified Elder Law Attorney


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


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


​May 13         LCSO Crime Prevention                                                                                                                 Stranger Danger Training