LEARN's 2nd annual Disability Summit to be held Saturday

Montville — LEARN will hold the 2nd annual Disability Summit, which brings together experts, resources and programs from throughout the state, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center.

LEARN is inviting families, educators, and community providers to the free event.

The event, co-hosted by LEARN’s Student Support Services and Young Children and Families, features 75 state and local agencies and resources to support individuals with disabilities from birth to age 21. 

There will be 12 seminars on topics that include social media and online safety, transition services, attachment theory, home solutions for supporting children with disabilities, planning and coordination of health care needs, and understanding assistive technology. There also will be a student panel on developing leadership skills.

PBS stars Nature Cat and WordGirl will be at the event, as well as representatives from Mystic Aquarium. The first 200 children will receive a free book donated by Read to Grow.

Agencies slated to attend include: Department of Developmental Services, Department of Children and Families, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Rehabilitative Services, Board of Education Services for the Blind, The Miracle League of CT, Special Olympics, Social Security Administration, United Community Family Services, The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center and Yale Child Study Program.

"We hope that families will leave the Disability Summit with information to create new opportunities, build on strengths, and work together to create new initiatives in their communities," LEARN Executive Director Dr. Eileen Howley said in a statement.

Registration is available at bit.ly/LEARNct. More information is available by contacting Lois Eldridge at leldridge@learn.k12.ct.us or Jennifer Sullivan at jsullivan@learn.k12.ct.us.

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