Hopes and Dreams Conference 2019, Tuesday, February, 26 and Wednesday, February 27
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The 2019 Hopes & Dreams conference on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27 will feature keynotes and breakout sessions geared to parents and caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Don't miss this chance to learn more and collaborate to better meet the needs of those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Register today and join us at the R2i2 Conference Center, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, SC.

Professionals, family members and self advocates can learn more about the resources and support available to the special needs community. Family members are also able to connect with professionals who care for children of all ages with various disabilities and long-term healthcare issues. This increased collaboration between parents and professionals sets the stage for all children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Hopes and Dreams Conference Workshop topics range from education and healthcare to behavior and more. These are JUST a few of the sessions to be offered.

Putting Together the Puzzle: 27 evidence-based practices for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by Lisa Raiford with the South Carolina Department of Education. Get an indepth understanding of ASD, associated characteristics and behavior and evidence-based strategies relevant to improving behavior, social and communication outcomes for those with ASD. Legal premises, advocacy, and parent support will also be discussed.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: From Early Identification to Diagnosis and Beyond by Dr. Anne Kinsman and Dr. Kristina Kania of Prisma Health. Learn the early signs of ASD, screening and evaluation, and next steps after diagnosis.

Transition 101 for Case Managers and Agencies by Laura Elder, Rhonda Mumford and Jennifer Quinn of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Hear transition related information, methods to develop linkages and how agencies can work together to provide the needed support for future success.

The South Carolina ABLE Savings Program: The Basics of ABLE by Karen Crider of the State Treasurers Office. Hear an overview of the South Carolina ABLE Savings Program, including eligibility requirements, the enrollment process and the benefits to account beneficiaries.

The SC High School Credential: What Parents Should Know--Information and Resources by Wendy Schilling of Richland School District One. Learn general information on the components of the credential, as well as implications for students, parents, teachers and service providers; and resources.

Homeschooling the Child with Special Needs by Susan Blackwell. Learn the legal requirements to homeschool in our state, as well as the benefits to the student with special needs. Discuss learning styles, available resources and therapy continuation ideas.

The Impact of Specialized Early Interventions Services for Young Children with Visual Impairments by Jodi Floyd of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. Understand the need for specialized early intervention services for children with visual impairments, several common visual impairments and interventions strategies.

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