PTRC E-Newsletter 10-16-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center
October 16, 2020


  PLEASE SHARE WITH STAFF AND FAMILIES!  
The PTRC is here to assist all families to have a successful school year. Please call or email with your concerns and questions. If we don’t know something, we will find the answers.

Upcoming Activities with the Parent Teacher Resource Center:
Grandparent/Parent/Family/Guardian Partnership  virtually

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020– 2:00 pm To Sign up -Click here .
Or join on 10/22/20  at 2:00 p.m. with the link below:
Meeting ID  meet.google.com/nwp-ttcw-tft
Phone Numbers  (‪US‬)‪+1 845-293-2479‬   PIN: ‪109 265 146#‬
What is it?   Our goal is to provide support and assistance as we navigate virtual/online learning for our students, provide suggestions, resources and reinforcement. By building this relationship, we will also build confidence with this new way of learning. 
Please join with your questions and concerns.  We will brainstorm and/or research for more answers.  We look forward to seeing you! 
Questions?
  Contact Susan Gayle sgayle@ccps.us 804-633-7083

Click to register: Supporting Your Students With Special Needs During COVID-19

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  1:00pm OR 7:00pm. Both sessions LIVE VIRTUALLY with Hank Millward, VDOE 

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Mark your calendar! More information to come.

Regional Transition Guide  Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 – 1:00 pm

Full Life Ahead – Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 – 6:30 pm



All Parents: 

  • Transition University, a free parent-friendly five-week, self-paced online transition course. It is never too early to start learning about students with disabilities transitioning to adulthood and it is never too early to begin taking steps to prepare for the future. This is just one of many fantastic offerings from PEATC.
    • What is PEATC and why should I connect with them?
      The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) builds positive futures by empowering families and individuals with disabilities through education and training. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, free workshops, presentations and trainings for both parents and educators.
  • Teachers Guide to Anxiety in the Classroom
    In this guide, the experts at Child Mind Institute outline the types of anxiety that are common in children, and the symptoms of anxiety you might see in your classroom. Parents – some of you have moved into the role of teacher at home so, this might be very helpful to you, as well.
  • Teaching Math and Computer Science to Kids with Special Needs
    Andrea Pretorian (content manager for BitIRA),  has been leading efforts to investigate the barriers to entry for women in cryptocurrency and blockchain as well as the greater STEM community at large. She is passionate about introducing students to STEM, especially her area of focus, bitcurrency. She’s just assembled a list of STEM resources for kids with special needs; it offers a range of options and approaches for parents and educators alike. It’s worth a look!
  • 123 Magic Parenting is posting new videos all the time.
    Their latest topics include: Communicating with your teen; Self-esteem; Discipline in a public place; Getting your child to stop doing something without yelling, The adolescent snub; and more.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • Common ADHD Questions Answered During Awareness Month
    During this year’s ADHD Awareness Month, the coalition of CHADD, ADDA, and ACO is presenting the most common questions about ADHD with reliable answers from noted experts. On the ADHD Awareness website and the coalition’s social media—Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—new questions are posted daily. Questions from the previous days are grouped by topic for readers to explore further.

Down Syndrome:

Early Childhood:

  • VCU-ACE Early Childhood website
    This NEW website provides a wealth of new learning opportunities for families; including several new video series.
    Along with info re: how to support your child’s success and how to problem-solve through challenges. Info from their seminars, webcasts, and online courses can help families and caregivers understand more about appropriate interventions and strategies to help their child.

Autism Spectrum:

  • A Second Annual Autism Hope Summit at UVA
  • The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative at the University of Virginia is hosting the Second Annual Virginia Autism Hope Summit.  This event is free of charge and provides an opportunity for learning, networking, and discussion on a range of topics related to autism across the lifespan. Families, self-advocates, friends, and service providers are welcome!
  • Upcoming ASCV Conference Series – Building a Spectrum of Opportunity
    This conference will feature weekly virtual presentations on critical autism-related topics for self-advocates, caregivers, teachers and other professionals. Featuring an Opening Keynote from Dr. Jed Baker on “Managing Overwhelming Frustration and Anxiety in the New Normal”, and additional topics including: utilizing waiver services, Interoception, gender differences, co-occurring mental health conditions, and more. Click the above link for complete info and registration 

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

  • Paragon Autism Services   
  •   For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com
  • Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
    Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
  • Community Services Board (CSB)
    The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
    The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
    and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
  • disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559
    A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living. 
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
    DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
  • The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)     PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, as well as, FREE workshops, presentations and training for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782. 

PTRC E-Newsletter 9-18-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
September 18, 2020

All Parents:

The PTRC is here to assist all families to have a successful school year. Please call or email with your concerns and questions. If we don’t know something, we will find the answers.

For an abundance of resources for families and staff, please check out the
Caroline Co. Schools-Parent Resource Center Facebook Page:  
https://www.facebook.com/Caroline-Co-Public-Schools-Parent-Resource-Center-162490420436109/

Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide 
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) along with the Assistive Technology Network has adapted this resource from the Indiana Department of Education that lists common daily accommodations for students in brick and mortar learning environments and provides examples of how these accommodations can be applied during virtual instruction.

Helping your Child Navigate Adolescence – 
A parent’s guide to What to Look for and When to Worry
Free virtual parent event offered by Children’s Hospital @ VCU
October 1, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Family Math is an emerging movement to promote math activities within the context of family relationships and everyday life, from the grocery store to the playground, during breakfast, bath time or bedtime. Education First has posted some great Resources for Families, Parents and Caregivers to Bring Math to Daily Conversations and Activities.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

Girls and ADHD
Helping kids with ADHD is a big job. But girls with ADHD face a different set of challenges than boys, and when it comes to helping, parents need an approach that addresses these differences head-on.
Click the link above to hear Clinical Neuropsychhologist, Dr.Kenya Hameed, discuss girls and ADHD. Hosted by Child Mind Institute

Mental Health:

September is Suicide Prevention Month
The best way to prevent suicide is to use a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. The key components are:
          promoting emotional well-being and connectedness among all students.
          creating social supports and connections and 
          Identifying students who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help.
The VDOE wants to share with you these Suicide Prevention Resources

Waivers and Social Security:

How to Better Understand the DD Waiver
October 6th at 7pm
The Center for Family Involvment is hosting this informative session to help you better understand the DD Waiver and determine if your child is eligible to get on the waiver waitlist in VA.\

Disability Benefits: VA’s Medicaid Waivers and SSI
September 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time consuming and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join PEATC as they discuss, in clear understandable language, what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers, what are Social Security benefits, who is eligible, and how do I apply.

Autism Spectrum:

The Autism Society Central VA has posted it’s Fall 2020 Community Resource List 
The ASCV is an exceptional resource and I urge you to connect with them if you have a family member or support someone on the autism spectrum.

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

  • Paragon Autism Services   
  •   For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com 
  • Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
    Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
  • Community Services Board (CSB)
    The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
    The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
    and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
  • disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559
    A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living. The disAbility Resource Center has joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Association to sponsor a free series of workshops. 
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
    DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
  • The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)     PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, as well as, FREE workshops, presentations and trainings for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782. 

E-News from the PTRC 3-16-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center

  • VIDEO MORNING AT THE PTRC – How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up! :
     Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. at the PTRC. Homework is sometimes a difficult task. Learn tips to make it easier for parents to manage.

    • Navigating Dangerous WatersDinner provided for evening session.  TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES!
    • Thursday, March 22, 6:00 pm at Caroline Middle School
      Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am at Caroline Middle School 

  • Navigating Dangerous WatersDinner provided for evening session.  TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES!
  • Thursday, March 22, 6:00 pm at Caroline Middle School
    Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am at Caroline Middle School
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  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN – April 28th – Dyslexia Conference – Chester, VA  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=9ldr7wcab&oeidk=a07ef1ot9qw4ddf81fc
All Parents:

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • The Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) is pleased to offer three types of scholarships for 2018
    Qualifying households and/or individuals may apply for any or all of the following scholarships:
    – Recreational and Social Scholarship – award of up to $300 annually per individual on the spectrum
    – Education Enrichment Scholarship – award of up to $300 annually per household holding current ASCV membership
    – Membership Scholarship – award of up to $25 annually per household
    More information and applications can be found here http://ascv.org/about/recreational-scholarships.

E-News from the PTRC 3-9-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
 
 
 
  • Morning at the Museum – Orchid Spectrum at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Washington DC)
    Sunday, March 25 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am (Doors open to the public at 10:00 a.m.)
    Morning at the Museum is a program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities by providing pre-visit materials, early entrance for registered participants, and a “Take a Break” space. Participants will be able to pot an orchid to take home, stop by the orchid discovery cart and participate in other hands-on activities.

Blind/Vision Impaired:

  • Sounds of the James
    Two dates March 26 & April 6, 2018
    An event for VA students ages 8 – 21 with blindness or visual impairment and their families. Ride aboard a comfortable pontoon boat along the James River as Capt. Mike Ostrander enthralls you with one of the most unique bald eagle tours on the East Coast! Presented by VAAPVI and VSDB Outreach Services.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • Executive Functioning
    Understood.Org is currently focusing on Executive Functioning. Here are two of those resources –
    3 Areas of Executive Function – Executive functions let people plan, organize and complete tasks. This article takes a closer look at the different areas of executive function and the skills they affect.
    Boosting Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills
    free webinar with Understood Expert Bob Cunningham on March 15, 2018 at noon.
    Many kids with learning and attention issues struggle with executive function. Join Bob Cunningham, M.Ed., to learn strategies, games and activities for building these skills.
  • The Youth Leadership Academy
    The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. YLA seeks to empower these young people and further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus. The deadline to submit the application is March 16, 2018. https://vaboard.org/YLA.htm

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

E-News from the Parent Teacher Resource Center – 2-23-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
                         Parent Teacher Resource Center
Did you know……
Bullying Prevention Training Resources

Did you know that training resources are available on StopBullying.gov? The Bullying Prevention Training Center offers webinars and other training resources and prevention tools for educators, parents, and others working with kids. Available trainings include:

  • The Bullying Prevention Continuing Education Course (with CEU credit)
  • Training for Educators and School Bus Drivers
  • Organizing a Community Event
  • Working with Stakeholders
  • Learning from Others

Visit StopBullying.gov to access these tools and learn how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention.

Latest Bullying Research Highlights

In the News

All Parents:


  • FREE TAX PREPARATION – Rappahannock United Way –
    For tax site locations and schedule, visit
    www.RUWFreeTaxes.org or call (540) 373-0041 ext. 300

    • THIS Saturday, the 24th  

    at The Anthem Building at 2015 Staples Mill Rd. Richmond, VA 23230 (Davis Center Conference Rm)

    • • DARS
      • Sportable
      • Northstar Academy
      • NextMove
      • Disability Law Center
      • Autism Center for Excellence
      • Awakenings Music Therapy
      • RVA Metro Teens
      • RBHA REACH crisis program
      • VCU Audiology
      • And… more!
      Please contact: Resources for Independent Living to RSVP or for questions/concerns contact Kerry Byrne atbyrnek@ril-va.org or 804-353-6503 x129
  • 24 February– Smithsonian Morning at the Museum at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560 on Saturday, February 24th from 9 to 10am. Morning at the Museum is a Smithsonian program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities by providing early entrance into the museum, facilitated movement and art activities, and a “Take a Break” Space!  The museum regularly opens to the public at 10am.  Registration is REQUIRED at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/si-morning-at-the-museum-hirshhorn-museum-and-sculpture-garden-tickets-41722156092.  For more info, contact access@si.edu.

  • Tuesday, February 27
     –  Video Show at the PTRC 10:00 am OR 1:00 pm – Phonemic Awareness & Phonics – View the video and make activities to take home.

  • Friday, March 2
     
    – Read Across America 10:00am -12 noon @ the PTRC.  1:00 pm – Make a Book to take home.
  • Tuesday, March 6   Video Show at the PTRC 10:00 am OR 1:00 pm – Reading Together – View the video and make activities to take home.
  • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, March 19, 2018 – 4:30 pm – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more info CLICK HERE   To be added to the agenda, contact Wendy Sneed, SEAC Chairperson – Wendy.Sneed@dss.virginia.gov   804-633-5071 ext 114   or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at   804-633-7083
    sgayle@ccps.us
     or ccpsseac@gmail.com
  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN – April 28th – Dyslexia Conference – Chester, VA  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=9ldr7wcab&oeidk=a07ef1ot9qw4ddf81fc

Vision Impairment:

  • The “Regs” are now available in Braille
    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has translated the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia  into Braille. They have had six copies of the Braille translation and will make them available at four different locations around the state. Click here for more info:

Cystic Fibrosis:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Family Education Day
    Sat, March 3 from 9 am – 2:30 pm
    at the Children’s Pavilion at the Children’s Hospital @ VCU
    This free event will feature guest speakers from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is open to anyone impacted by cystic fibrosis including parents, relatives, friends, teachers, coworkers and health care providers. Families receiving care at other CF centers are welcome! Contactkathryn.lawrence@vcuhealth.org to register.

Down Syndrome:

Mental Health:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • ASCV 10th Annual Recreation/Social Resource Fair
    Friday, March 2, 2018
    Come learn about opportunities for camps, social groups, music, dance, martial arts, soccer, sailing, swimming, gymnastics, and much more! This event is free and open to the community.
  • FREE movie screening of Deej – a documentary about autism and inclusion
    Mon, February 26, 2018
    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Follow along as DJ “Deej” Savarese shares an insider’s view of autism. With unflinching candor, this film reveals what it takes to make the goals of inclusion and disability rights a reality. Sponsored by ASCV. The movie will be at River Road United Methodist Church

  • Resources you need to know:
  • Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.
  • Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Lego and Train Club–Paragon Autism Services hosts a free, monthly, special needs Lego and Train Club for children with disabilities and their siblings.  We plan for inclusion with typically developing peers and offer multiple play options to include: standard Lego,  Duplo and Mega Blocks, as well as wooden trains and tracks and Geotrax.  Paragon Lego and Train Club is free, but registration is required and limited to 50 participants to ensure safety.  Event takes place the first Saturday of each month at.417 Chatham Square Office Park 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is a great way for parents to play with their children, meet other parents of children with special needs, and obtain and exchange resources. For more information contact Tina@paragonautismservices.com. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paragon-autism-services-special-needs-lego-and-train-club-tickets-41394928345
    Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World–Paragon Autism Services is proud to offer a free, monthly special needs night of fun at KD’z Kidz World for children with disabilities and their siblings at KD’z Kidz World.  The facility is closed to the public during our events.  Registration is limited to 50 participants to maintain safety and registration is required.  The event takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m at KD’z Kidz World 220 Tyler Von Way, Fredericksburg ,VA 22405.  For more information contact Tina@paragonautismservices.com.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paragon-autism-services-special-needs-fun-night-at-kdz-kidz-world-tickets-41395963441
    Rappahannock Area Autism Council presents a Lunch and Learn on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Disability Resource Center located at 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.  This monthly event offers a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Autism to obtain resources and ask questions of local service providers.  For more information contact Tina@paragonautismservices.com.
  • Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
    Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
  • Community Services Board (CSB)
    The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
    The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
    and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
  • disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559
    Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
    DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
  • Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    DARS can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.

For more information on any topics addressed in this email, please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.