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Conference to help parents with special needs children

LAKE PLACID The Regional Family Support Conference will be held at the Lake Placid Hilton, 1 Mirror Lake Drive, Saturday, Oct. 27. The targeted audience for the conference, Families Making a Difference: Creating a Vision and Making It Work, is parents of individuals with special needs. The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers and their topic will include Kathy McCarthy-Proulx from The Advocacy Center, Rochester, Vision and Dreaming Big," Patricia Egan, assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh, A Positive and Practical Approach to Challenging Behaviors; and Gerry Swalnick, consultant with Northstar Educational Services, A Parents Guide to the Special Education Process." There is no charge for the conference, but reservations are required. Funding for the conference has been provided by the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Family Support Services. The Regional Consumer Council is composed of parents and people with disabilities from the North Country who are committed to supporting families and people with disabilities and to assist with planning for services in the region. The council welcomes new members who are residents of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. For more information about the conference or RCC or to make reservations, contact Jacqueline Gardner at 359-2962, or via e-mail at jacqueline.gardner@omr.state.ny.us .

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