Special Education Resource Night
Being a parent is one of the most wonderful, but toughest jobs in the world. If you have a child with a disability, their education and social and emotional well-being may be an area of concern. The good news is that there are a number of resources available to families and parents that have a child or adult with a disability. Farmington Central School District employees knew there was a need to bring awareness of community resources to our families. The special education department collaborated together to plan the first special education resource night in spring of 2015. When it was time to start planning for the 2018-2019 event, special education staff knew they wanted to make the event bigger and better this year.
On March 7 from 5:30-7:30, students and their families will get the opportunity to walk around to various vendor tables and gather information on the resources available to students with disabilities. Some of the vendors that will attend the event includ Autism Society, Epic, Easter Seals, Camp Big Sky, Skill Sprout, CWTC, PERFECT, Farmers Closet and many more. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the community resources available to families and students with disabilities. Our hope is to provide our students access to appropriate resources which will help them be successful, independent learners now and post-graduation from high school.
As special education staff, we believe families, school, and community should have equal partnership in our students’ education. When schools actively engage community resources, they are able to respond more effectively and efficiently to student’s needs. The more communication we have with our families and community, the greater chance our students have to succeed and grow. We hope the special education resource night gives our families the opportunity to collaborate with community and school staff to provide the best supports possible to our students.