Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Resources for you

Each month, Family Voices Indiana provides the families we serve with a summary of December’s hottest items. If you missed us on Facebook, here is the latest!

World Aids Day, December 1. Learn more about how the Ryan White Program works with cities, states, and local community-based programs to provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year.
National Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3.
Worldwide Candle Lighting, December 9, to remember all children who have died.
National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 2-8. For more information about the flu and flu vaccinations, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.

Family Voices:
Check out our Family Voices Staff Spotlights! This month’s page featured volunteer, Aura Roblero, and Jen Akers, Project Coordinator.
Facebook fans liked our many inspirational quotes. Be sure to check out our page for a pick-me-up.
Take time for yourself in the New Year! Not only is it healthy for you, but it is also a great example for your children.  This article discusses how you can make time for yourself in the New Year.
Winter is upon us, and we encourage you to have a plan for winter storms and other emergencies. Check out this article about making preparations, and be sure to talk to other special needs parents for tips.
We think many parents of micro preemies will be able to relate to this account of making life and death decisions, and we encourage other parents to read it, too.
Please visit our page for our many posts about the holidays, preparing for celebrations, and supporting special needs parents during times in which stress is often compounded by changes in routine, unfamiliar places and faces, and misunderstanding.
Grandparents of kids with special needs need support too. Here, you can join with other grandparents for support and to share ideas for supporting your children and grandchildren.

Training and Learning Opportunities:
Family Voices works to fulfill our mission of empowering families by providing you with educational opportunities and resources. Check our website frequently for learning resources by visiting: http://www.fvindiana.org/training. This month, we shared the following on Facebook.
If your child has an allergy, may we suggest this informational form for babysitters and days away?
This program focuses on training professionals and parents to better understand child and adolescent stress responses and resiliency-building strategies to use with children so that they can better cope and heal from traumatic events.
Hands-Only CPR can save a life. Take 60 seconds to learn it by watching this video.
We’ve added information about children’s emotional and social development to our website. Be sure to check it out!
Watch this presentation for information about using effective public health practices to include people disabilities.

We've created a FB page for our Latino families who prefer information in Spanish and/or would like to connect with other families. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/VocesDeFamiliaDeIndiana.
We often get requests for information about where to get or donate equipment. Often, we suggest the Equipment Exchange at INDATA. Check out our FB page for our fans’ suggestions as well.
Our hearts continue to be with the Sandy Hook Elementary School students, families, and the community of Newtown, Connecticut.  For information and resources about talking with children about tragedy, mental health and illness, autism, and other topics spurred by this tragedy, please visit the embedded links and our FB page.
Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. Learn about those here.
The Inclusive Schools Network is working to ensure that all children receive an inclusive and meaningful education. Learn more about their efforts and what you can do to advocate for your child.
We encourage families who have children with developmental disabilities on the Aged and Disabled waiver to review this information.

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