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September 25, 2018

Parents of Special Children Host AIM High Night


FULTON, NY – Parents of Special Children, Inc., held its second annual AIM High night and open house last month at its new office location.

The agency, located in Fulton, recently moved into a larger suite to accommodate its growing programs.

Parents of Special Children, Inc., is a non-profit agency, funded through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Support Services, private donations and local fundraising events.

Maddy Rupert enjoying some swing time in the new Sensory Room, sponsored by the Oswego County Autism Task Force

Maddy Rupert enjoying some swing time in the new Sensory Room, sponsored by the Oswego County Autism Task Force.

Their goal is to support families who are caring for individuals with developmental disabilities by assisting with reimbursements of goods and services that allow them to better care for their individuals.  Families also enjoy a variety of events throughout the year such as: the Backyard BBQ and Family Fun Festival, Breakfast with Santa, bowling and ice cream parties, Chicken Jamboree fundraiser, and their newly added Doing It Our Way sports and recreational programs.

In addition to reimbursement supports and family functions, the agency has an Educational Advocate on staff to assist families in researching answers to the special education process.

The advocate at PSC is able to:  attend school meetings, mediation and hearings; explore alternative programming; help protect the child’s rights under federal and state laws and regulations; actively participate in negotiations regarding evaluations, IEPs and placement; evaluate meeting outcomes and help to identify the next step.  There is no charge for this service from PSC.

PSC recently began holding Family Connections, which is a monthly support meeting for families living with any type of developmental disabilities.

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and offers a safe place to talk about personal issues, experiences, struggles and thoughts.

Everyone strives to ensure all members are equals, which makes for a comfortable atmosphere for families.

During the three-hour community event held at the PSC office last month, staff and board members welcomed approximately 50 people to explore their new suite.

From left: family members Mike Flynn and Rose Flynn pose with Executive Director Theresa Familo

From left: family members Mike Flynn and Rose Flynn pose with Executive Director Theresa Familo

Families and community members were able to check out the new wheelchair ramp (built by Operation Northern Comfort), enjoy delicious foods, network and learn about the agency’s new programs.

The biggest news of the evening was the unveiling of the new Sensory Room, which was made possible by a mini-grant from the Oswego County Autism Task Force. The room will allow the agency to now offer child care during their monthly meetings, workshops / trainings and office consultations.

Parents of Special Children, Inc., is a parent driven organization, dedicated to family empowerment and improving the quality of the everyday lives of special needs families.

For more information regarding their programs, please contact Theresa Familo, executive director, at (315) 598-7672.

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