ACS continues partnership with parents of children with disabilities
ACS continues partnership with parents of children with disabilities
Jon Smith

Alliance City Schools continues partnership with parents of children with disabilities

Alliance City Schools, the University of Mount Union and the parents of Alliance City School students are coming together for the first of three special education public forums on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. with an event called “All In.”

The keynote speaker, Dr. Kristine Turko from the Spectrum Education Center at the University of Mount Union will provide the keynote address. Turko has worked with her university students to offer struggling Rockhill students one on one reading tutoring throughout the school day. She also runs the Spectrum Education Center which was created to provide training and education for those interested in autism intervention and advocacy.

Turko plans to talk about the resources available to parents of autistic children.

“There are a lot of resources out there but they can be difficult to find. "I plan to present information about supporting members of the community with autism, and finding effective resources,” she said.

Following her talk parents will be welcomed to participate in work sessions with paraprofessionals about topics such as IEP’s, early childhood literacy, multiple handicap services, advocacy and legal services in regards to students with special needs.

The event is the first of three events geared at providing resources to parents of children with learning disabilities and further open the lines of communication between the district and parents.

The three events are a spin-off of the activities and progress of a parent group sponsored by the State Personal Development Group grant over the last two years.

The grant paid for a team of parents of children with disabilities and select teachers or school administrators to gather on a regular basis to build parent and teacher relationships and discuss how to better serve students with disabilities.

At the end of the two years parents and ACS decided to keep the group going and the district has come alongside them to offer three seminars for parents of children with disabilities throughout the school year.

The first with Turko is geared towards elementary school children ages preschool through third grade, although all parents are welcome.

The second will be geared towards parents of middle school students grades 4-8 and the third will be for high school students’ parents.

The “All In” event on November 15 will begin at 6 p.m. with a lecture from Turko at Rockhill Elementary School 2400 South Rockhill Ave. Alliance. All parents and the community are welcome to attend. A drawing and gift baskets will take place at 6:45 p.m. and then from 7 to 8 p.m. parents will be welcome to attend break out sessions with paraprofessionals about various topics.

     Child Care Services will be provided as well as ASL interpretation.