Trainings/Events Calendar


Events in April 2024

  • Parent Rights in Special Education

    Parent Rights in Special Education


    April 1, 2024

    Parent Rights in Special Education - Join us as we discuss the rights that parents have when it comes to their child’s special education and related services, such as parental participation, access to education records, informed consent, prior written notice, your right to disagree with school, and more.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Audience:  Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • When Parents and Schools Disagree

    When Parents and Schools Disagree


    April 4, 2024

    When Parents and Schools Disagree - This training session will delve into Louisiana’s Special Education dispute resolution options and what to do when you disagree with the school regarding your child’s special education services. We will discuss different informal and formal dispute resolutions options offered by the Louisiana Department of Education, and how to request one of the dispute resolution options.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Audience: Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with studentswith disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • IEPs and Behavior and Discipline - Oh My!

    IEPs and Behavior and Discipline - Oh My!


    April 8, 2024

    IEPs and Behavior and Discipline - Oh My!  The title covers it all! In this training we will talk about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, functional behavior assessments, and disciplinary issues in school.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenters: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO; Brenda Bares, FHF of Acadiana

    Co-Host: FHF Acadiana

    Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • The Communication Plan: Who, What, When, Why

    The Communication Plan: Who, What, When, Why


    April 9, 2024

    The Communication Plan: Who, What, When, Why – Learn about the Communication Plan for your child with an IEP: Is one needed? Why or why not? Who creates it? When is it done? Join speech and hearing professionals from Jefferson Parish Schools to get answers to these and other questions.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenters: Dr. Rosemary Kerrin, Director of Speech and Hearing, JP Schools; Leigh Anne Vogt, Coordinator of Speech and Hearing, JP Schools

    Audience:  Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • Supporting Your Child's Literacy Development in Preschool

    Supporting Your Child's Literacy Development in Preschool


    April 10, 2024

    Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development in Preschool – Dr. Beth McLean of the National Center for Improving Literacy will explain evidence-based strategies, tips, and activities you can use to support your child’s literacy development from an early age.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenter: Beth McLean

    Co-Hosts:  FHF of GBR, FHF of NELA, FHF of SWLA

    Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW

     

  • The ABC’s of ESY (Extended School Year Services)

    The ABC’s of ESY (Extended School Year Services)


    April 16, 2024

    The ABC’s of ESY (Extended School Year Services) – Did you know that data collected during the holidays often determine if your child will qualify for ESY (Extended School Year) Services? This training provides an overview of the ESY process for children with disabilities, including how children qualify, and why in many circumstances, the school uses the holiday breaks to determine if a child will qualify for ESY.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenters: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO; Wallace Johnson, FHF SWLA

    Community Partner Spotlight: Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

    Co-Host: FHF of Southwest Louisiana

    Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW!

    The ABC’s of ESY (Extended School Year Services)

  • Education and Young Children with Exceptionalities: So Many Questions!

    Education and Young Children with Exceptionalities: So Many Questions!


    April 17, 2024

    Education and Young Children with Exceptionalities: So Many Questions! Caring for a young child with a disability is already overwhelming, and then they begin their education journey and even more knowledge and responsibility is required. This webinar can lighten the load a bit as we learn about:
     Transitioning from EarlySteps to school services;
     Evaluation requirements and timelines;
     Who qualifies for special education;
     Evaluation requirements for students in private schools;
     What to do if your child is struggling in school;
     How to handle bullying in school, and more!

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon (FHF of GNO)

    Community Partner Spotlight: Training Grounds

    Audience: Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW

     

    Education and Young Children with Exceptionalities: So Many Questions!

  • The Importance of Inclusion, Part 1

    The Importance of Inclusion, Part 1


    April 18, 2024

    The Importance of Inclusion, Part 1 - Why is the inclusion of children with disabilities in schools, classrooms, and communities important? This webinar explores what inclusion is and what it is not, and who is involved in making meaningful inclusion successful.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO; Cynthia Chesterfield, FHF of GBR

    Community Partner Spotlight: Autism Society of Greater Baton Rouge

    Co-Host: FHF of Greater Baton Rouge

    Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW!

    The Importance of Inclusion, Part 1

  • Hispanic Apostolate Health Fair

    Hispanic Apostolate Health Fair


    April 20, 2024

    Look for FHF of GNO

    Hispanic Apostolate Health Fair
    2525 Maine St.
    Metairie, LA 70003
    Autism Society of Greater New Orleans' 21st Annual Autism Festival

    Autism Society of Greater New Orleans' 21st Annual Autism Festival


    April 20, 2024

    Look for FHF of GNO

    Autism Society of Greater New Orleans' 21st Annual Autism Festival - Join us for activities, craft and food vendors, live entertainment, silent auction and more! Stop by booths hosted by local organizations and learn about the resources they offer.

    Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market
    404 Sala Ave.
    Westwego, LA 70094

    Learn more about Autism Fest

  • CANCELLED - OCDD Waiver Services: What to Expect in Planning and Assessment

    CANCELLED - OCDD Waiver Services: What to Expect in Planning and Assessment


    April 22, 2024

    THIS WEBINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    OCDD Waiver Services: What to Expect in Planning and Assessment - Would you like to learn more about:

    • What to expect for the waiver needs-based assessment(s)?
    • How to identify and build your support team?
    • What your support planning meeting and plan should look like?

    Dr. Brandi Kelly and Dr. Amy Greer from OCDD will share this information and more about waiver services and supports. Bring your questions and join us!

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Guest Presenters: Dr. Brandi Kelly and Dr. Amy Greer, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD)

    Audience: Parents, self-advocates, or professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW

     

  • No More Summer Slide

    No More Summer Slide


    April 23, 2024

    No More Summer Slide - Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it’s also a time when learning loss and regression can occur. The “summer slide” can happen when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. This training will provide you with strategies and fun activities you can do over the long break to help prevent the summer slide.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenters: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO; Alexa Bolden, FHF of NELA

    Community Partner Spotlight: Jefferson Parish Recreation Department

    Co-Host: FHF of Northeast Louisiana

    Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW

    No More Summer Slide

  • Inclusion and the Law

    Inclusion and the Law


    April 25, 2024

    Inclusion and the Law - Why is inclusion of children with disabilities in schools, classrooms, and communities important?  This webinar explores that question and the demand for inclusion in federal law.

    Venue: Zoom Webinar

    Presenter: Sharon Blackmon, FHF of GNO

    Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals working with students with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    REGISTER NOW

     

    Inclusion and the Law

  • Autism Awareness Festival and Walk

    Autism Awareness Festival and Walk


    April 27, 2024

    Look for FHF of GNO

    Autism Awareness Festival and Walk - This event will include resources provided by various Community Organizations, Sensory Stations, and a Parent Open Forum (Let's Chat).

    Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish
    979 Behrman Hwy.
    Terrytown, LA
    The walk will begin at 11:30. The quarter of mile route will circle the school building.
    Participants are welcome to circle the route any distance they choose.
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