Thanks To Parents Empowering Parents Group

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) has several workshops available in our area. These workshops are free and open to the public. Info and registration links will be provided below for anyone interested in participating in these sessions.

Building a Community of Support – Virtual Training Course – Opens Jan 12, 2020 - - Join Diane Cooper-Gould, parent and child advocate, in PEATC’s latest free online self-paced course. This course is designed to help the participant create, connect and grow a community of supportive individuals. These types of supportive communities could provide mutual peer support, community advocacy, education and/or activities for the group. Too often, caretakers and those with complex needs feel isolated and alone. Developing a structured way for connecting with others who understand and share similar challenges and dreams can open a whole new world of friendship and opportunities for all.

In this course, we will cover a step-by-step guide for building a supportive group in person or online, with or without the partnership of an outside organization. We will also cover two case studies and provide resources for the participant to use when building a personal community of support in their own community. The series will also feature a section on troubleshooting and maintaining this type of group over time. There will be opportunities for participants to ask questions of other participants and of the instructor.

Turning 18 in VA: What Individuals at EVERY AGE need to know – Goochland – January 21, 2020 - *This workshop is designed for parents of children with disabilities of ALL ages and will provide many practical tidbits to think about NOW in order to prepare for life after high school.**

Turning 18 is a big deal for all individuals. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia. Therefore, when your child tu