April 28, 2010

Local happenings to help us w/ our kids with "Different Abilities"

Kathie Snow of “Disability is Natural” is coming to town.  Kathie is known for challenging conventional wisdom and inspiring others to embrace new ways of thinking. She will present two workshops for individuals with disabilities, families, school staff, service providers and health care providers.

ADVOCACY IN ACTION
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Room 100
(near parking lot A)
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

Advocacy and Attitudes:
Why do we advocate, what do we advocate for, and how do our attitudes influence our actions? When we get focused in our attitudes, our advocacy efforts can target the real needs of people with disabilities. New attitudes can change systems and generate new results!
    Advocacy and Communication:
Effective advocacy requires effective communication, and it’s more than speaking and listening! We can generate positive change - and desirable outcomes for all - through innovative strategies, negotiation, and more. Let’s do it!
    Registration and Light Breakfast begins 8:30 am. Lunch is available for purchase at the college cafeteria, or you may bring your own lunch. This workshop is free, but registration is required.  RSVP Deadline: May 28, 2010 Phone: 410-313-6402 or email: ealewis@howardcountymd.gov
Sponsored by Howard County Commission on Disability Issues, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Howard County, Howard Community College Disability Support Services, Howard County Autism Society, Howard County Department of Citizen Services - Disabilities Services.



COOPERATIVE ADVOCACY
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
6:30 - 9:00 pm (registration begins at 6)
Howard Community College,Duncan Hall, Room 100
(near parking lot A)
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
    Too often, traditional advocacy leads to anger, arguments, and worse. We don’t need more adversaries. We need more allies!  We can eliminate frustration, fear, misunderstanding, anger, and other barriers when we practice improved communication, move beyond two-dimensional thinking, and utilize negotiation skills.  New strategies for relationship-building and proactive partnerships can ensure win-win outcomes for all!
This workshop is free, but registration is required.  RSVP Deadline: May 28, 2010 Phone: 410-313-6402 or email: ealewis@howardcountymd.gov
    Sponsored by Howard County Commission on Disability Issues, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Howard County, Howard Community College Disability Support Services, Howard County Autism Society, Howard County Department of Citizen Services - Disabilities Services.

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