Special Event Offers Hands-on Learning for Parents of Children with Developmental Delay

August 2012

The "Families First" program of the Institute on Disabilities will sponsor a free event on Wednesday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for families of children with developmental delay or sensory, speech or motor impairment. "HELPING TOOLS for Play, Communication, Learning, Socializing, Participating and Getting Around!" will introduce a wide variety of assistive technology that will help young children succeed in school, at home and in the community.

The Institute's specialists will use a hands-on approach to demonstrate both "low tech" and "high-tech" assistive technology devices. Participants will learn how to make simple tools and devices with items already in the home and will also learn how iPads, iPhones, smart phones and other devices like them can help a young child succeed. Some items can be created and customized and select items from Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library will be available to borrow, both can be taken home on that day.

In addition, Institute staff and specialists will offer resources and support which will help address challenging behavior and encourage social and emotional growth. Finally...ask the experts! They will help find the right tool!

The event is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Cathy Roccia-Meier at 215-204-1772; email: The event will be held at Vision For Equality, Inc., The Cast Iron Building, 718 Arch Street, 6N, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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