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Family Specialist Training and NFADB Symposium
I'm writing on behalf of Megan Cote, NCDB's Family Engagement Initiative lead, and myself to update you on the recent Family Specialist Training and NFADB Symposium, held July 15-18 in Austin, Texas. Both events were amazing. Participants learned, shared, made new connections, and planned for the future. Together they worked to create a foundation that will make the theme of the Symposium a reality: "Mobilizing a Family Leadership Network: Improving Outcomes in Education and Services for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind."
A big thank from NCDB to NFADB and its wonderful President, Clara Berg, and board members for being so welcoming in allowing us to participate and to hold the family specialist training in conjunction with the Symposium. Having family specialists and family leaders from across the country in one location for 3 days was invaluable.
Thanks also to . . .
Jan Serak, CEO - Founder, WI FACETS and Co-Director Region 4 Parent TA Center, for volunteering her time in planning and presenting the family specialist training (and for giving a bonus presentation at the Symposium!). We are so grateful for her partnership.
The Texas Deafblind Outreach program and staff. A very special thank you to Edgenie Bellah for her tireless efforts to make everything run smoothly for our family specialist training at the same time that she was making local arrangements for the Symposium.
The state deaf-blind projects for enthusiastically supporting the attendance of family leaders and family specialists from their states.
We will be sharing more information moving forward about the family specialist training and you will hear a great deal about the Symposium from NFADB, but we just wanted to take a moment now to celebrate this successful event and express our appreciation to everyone involved.