By Kodey Toney
One thing I try to do, whether it be with this weekly article or advocacy with the Pervasive Parenting Center, is to help families in the area find the resources they need to help their children get the services they need. There are some upcoming events I want to share that I think could help in these areas.
On Thursday, September 24, the Oklahoma Family Network along with the PPC, Kibois Community Action, and several other organizations (there are too many to name here, sorry), are hosting a Joining Forces Conference in Stigler at the Kiamichi Technology Center. This is a FREE one-day conference open to all parents, professionals, and educators. There will be sections on how to work with others to make sure that you are receiving the services needed. It will help you learn how to organize and share personal information to promote their needs. It will also help you share your experience to help make a difference in the community, and how to work with others to form a relationship to help make changes.
This conference will include a free lunch. Money for childcare and mileage are available as well.
For more information, you can Contact me or Doris Erhart at email@example.com or call: 405-271-5072 or 877-871-5072. The registration deadline is Friday, September 18, 2015. To register online go to: http://stiglerleadershipinstitute15.eventbrite.com
That evening, from 4 pm until 7:30 pm we will host the Sibshop at the Kibois Community Action building in Stigler. This is a fun time for siblings of children with disabilities to have some time to themselves. This is open to any sibling and is FREE. It will include dinner, games, and crafts. For more information contact Jennifer Toney at 479-462-7508. You can register for this online at www.pervasiveparentingcenter.org.
On Thursday, September 17, the Pervasive Parenting Center's Parent Support Group will start the first of three FREE Care/Communication Notebook Trainings in our area. This one will be co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Family Network, and will be held in the F.L. Holton Business Center, room 811, at Carl Albert State College in Poteau. This is the first of three trainings to be held in the area. We will also have them in Sallisaw and Stigler in the upcoming months. These will include supplies to get the notebooks started. The notebooks will help when keeping up with medical and educational information on your children. For more information on this training contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.