Friday, January 14, 2000

Parents' workshop covers topics on disability

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OWENSVILLE — Topics of interest to parents of disabled children will be the focus of a special program Jan. 22.

        The Disabilities Workshop is organized by Families Connected of Clermont County, a parents' organization funded through a grant from the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

        The public workshop will be 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Thomas A. Wildey School and Resource Center, 2040 Benton Road, off U.S. 50.

        “We have involved several area agencies,” said Jean Houston, parent leader of Families Connected of Clermont County.

        “We are doing this in collaboration with, and with the support of, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Child Focus Inc., the Clermont County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Center for Independent Living Options, the Ohio Brain Injury Association, Clermont County Family and Children First, and PLAN of Southwest Ohio — (the latter) a newly formed agency of parents with disabled adult children ... that helps disabled adults live independently and provides support in dealing with trusts, wills and other financial issues,” she said.

        Families Connected, with offices at the Wildey School, was established to support supports families with members who are disabled.

        • What: Families Connected Disabilities Workshop.

        • Where: Thomas A. Wildey School Resource Center, 2040 Benton Road. off U.S. 50, Owensville.

        • When: 9:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 22.

        • Cost: Free.

        • Registration: Required. Information: 528-1217 or 876-3296. Choose one session

        Special care: Child and adult care will be provided at no charge during the program.


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