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Raising Special Kids and YUHSD to host monthly special education informational sessions

Yuma Union High School District is partnering with Raising Special Kids to host monthly presentations for families to learn more about the special education process.

The training sessions will take place in the evening and rotate across the district to various campuses in order to best accommodate families’ schedules. Childcare will be provided on site at no cost with light snacks available for all attendees as well.

The next session is Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Cibola High School library with the topic centered on guardianship.

Raising Special Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides support and information for parents of children, from birth to age 26, with a full range of disabilities and special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families, and are available in English and Spanish.

Here is the remaining schedule of training sessions for the 2018-19 school year:

October 25, 2018, 5:30-7 p.m.

Cibola High School Library

Topic: Guardianship

Learn about the different legal options families should consider when their child becomes an adult at the age of 18. Become familiar with the steps of the guardianship process. Participants will learn how they can stay involved in decision-making with schools, doctors, and other professionals.

November 15, 2018, 5:30-7 p.m.

Vista Alternative High School Career Center

Topic: Transition

This workshop explains the IEP transition planning process which should begin for students no later than 16 years of age. Discover how to identify classes, activities, and services that help prepare students with disabilities for higher education, vocational training, employment, and additional resources that help with planning for adult life.

January 24, 2019, 12:30-2 p.m.

San Luis High School Library

Topic: Road to Employment

Successful Employment for youth with Disabilities is the goal. Parents and their youth with disabilities will learn the value of employment, how to raise your level of self-awareness, and when to use your self-advocacy skills during the interview process.

February 21, 2019, 5:30-7 p.m.

Yuma High School Cafeteria

Topic: Journey to Adulthood

This workshop gives parents information on how to get ready for when their child goes through puberty and adolescence. Parents will learn about the physical, emotional, and social changes that come during this time of their child’s life. Parents will learn the skills and tools to help them through their child’s journey.

March 21, 2019, 5:30-7 p.m.

Kofa High School Cafeteria

Topic: Transition Fair

Participating transitional organizations such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Social Security will be on hand to offer information regarding transition from the high school setting to the workplace, community, and/or post-secondary education.

April 25, 2019, 12:30-2 p.m.

San Luis High School PAC

Topic: Transition Fair (Repeat presentation)

Participating transitional organizations such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Social Security will be on hand to offer information regarding transition from the high school setting to the workplace, community, and/or post-secondary education.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org