November 4, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern
Inclusion means more than providing high quality services to children with disabilities. It involves building strong partnerships with families. Each family member learns about and confronts the disability of their child in different ways. All families are complex, but these complexities grow with the added stressors of accommodating unexpected challenges that come with disability. High quality early care and education programs partner with families to ensure their children access the most effective services. Learn more about the experiences of families of children with disabilities and find out what they are looking for from programs.In addition, consider the programmatic systems that need to be in place to support families of children with disabilities. Program administrators will learn about strategies including professional development for staff, partnerships with early intervention and preschool special education providers, and resources necessary to fully include families in your program.Engage families of children with disabilities in meaningful ways to promote children’s school readiness and improve their outcomes. All families want the most for their children and will do all they can to support them. Finding ways to meet their needs and support them in this process creates a partnership that benefits everyone.
Source: Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Available at: http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/engaging-families-of-children-with-disabilities-systematically-planning-to-create-positive-experiences-and-meet-expectations-amanda-schwartz/