Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summit to Focus on Families Living with Disabilities

The Pervasive Parenting Center, Cherokee Nation HERO Project, and Creoks Behavioral Health Services are combining efforts to help families in eastern Oklahoma.

The organizations will present the Empowering Family Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw.

The event will give parents, care and service providers, educators, and other professionals an opportunity to connect and share information and resources to provide a better environment for children in eastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Family Network will present a session on “Telling Your Story.” This will help families, especially those living with disabilities, share their background and express their needs.

The Oklahoma Parents Center will present the “Ins and Outs of Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and section 504.” This will help families of children with disabilities be better prepared to ask for the services they need for their children in school.

The Cherokee Nation HERO Project will present a workshop on learning about your child’s brain architecture. This will aid in the development of a child’s early education and growth.

The meeting will include a community brainstorming session so everyone may voice their needs for more resources in the surrounding communities.

The event is free and open to everyone. This includes childcare and food.

“This is a great opportunity for families in the area to learn more about ways to help their children grow and succeed,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “We are proud to have so many partners come together to help improve services in this area of the state.”

If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-658-5076 or, or Ashley Lincoln @ 918-772-7279 or

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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