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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.

News from the Caroline County Public Schools -PTRC – 12-15-2017

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
                         Parent Teacher Resource Center
Upcoming Activities:
  • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, December 18, 2017 – 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 or contact Susan Gayle at the PRC at  804-633-7083   sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com
  • Winter Break – December 21-25, January 1-5
    School reopens Monday, January 8, 2018

 

  • Managing Your Finances – Friday, January 12, 2018 –10 a.m.—12 p.m. @ the PTRC.  (see attached)  It’s time to get your finances in
  • order.  Join us to learn about the little things you can do that will make a difference.
  • Navigating Dangerous Waters – Saturday, January 13, 2018 –
    9 a.m. @ Caroline Middle School  
    (see attached flyer)
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  • Housing Options – Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 6:30 pm @ disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559    SPONSORED BY FACT – Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition.  Learn what options for housing are available in our regions for people with disabilities.
  • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, January 29, 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 or contact Susan Gayle at the PRC at  804-633-7083sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com
  • The Youth Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018 session –
    The Youth Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These ‘delegates’ will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communications skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers, and much more! https://www.vaboard.org/YLA.htm
  • Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior – How to respond when a child lashes out
    Sometimes parents see this kind of explosive behavior as manipulative. But kids who lash out are usually unable to handle frustration or anger in a more effective way. This informative article was posted on Child Mind.org.  EN ESPAÑOL
  • The Positive Vibe Café provides hands-on training in food services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
    The upcoming session will be Monday-Friday January 8-February 2, 2017 from 2:30-4:30, with three in-house internships to be scheduled upon acceptance into the program. Click here for more info: http://positiveviberva.com/training/

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • Excellent resource for parents AND students
    LD OnLine is a great website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Topics covered include: ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.http://www.ldonline.org/

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Resources you need to know:
  • Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.

  • Paragon Autism Services: 1st Saturday of each month from 10 to 12 p.m.Paragon’s Lego/Train Club at our Chatham office.  We provide Legos and trains for the children.  Older individuals bring Lego Games and are provided a separate room. The children have fun and the parents exchange information, stories, and comradery.
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.  Paragon Autism Services and ASNV co-host a Support Group in our Princess Ann St. office   Every other month a topic which has been requested by the group is presented by a local professional.  February has free discussion on the agenda and March has a presentation scheduled for transition services.
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m  Paragon’s Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World where we rent the entire facility and limit attendance to 50 children to ensure safety.  It proves to be a fun evening for both children and their parents!!!!
  • 4th Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m.  Rappahannock Area Autism Council Lunch and Learn held at the dRC.  This event is a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism to ask questions and seek information from local service providers.
  • 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 post, please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.

Have a great weekend!!

E-News from the Parent Teacher Resource Center 12-1-2017

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –

                  Parent Teacher Resource Center 

Click on the link below for resources from Understood.com:

Resources to Help Your Teen Deal With Harmful Behavior and Other Risks

 

Upcoming Activities for December:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigating Dangerous Waters 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 6pm @ Caroline Middle School
OR Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 9am @ Caroline Middle School.
  PTRC Navigating Dangerous Waters flyer 12-5, 9-2017 Staff and parents are encouraged to attend this informational session.  Child Supervision provided.

ABLE Act flyer 2017

 

ABLE ACT – Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 6:30pm @ the disAbility Resource Center.  This is a regional event hosted by the Parent Resource Centers of Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford and the disAbility Resource Center. The ABLE Act allows parents to create tax exempt savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. These accounts can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.

  • Everyone Has Stress – Friday, December 8, 2017 –
    10 a.m.—12 p.m. @ the PTRC.   Continuing the “Building Our Village” Series:
    Stress is normal.  Learn how to manage it successfully especially during the holidays. *Foodies Fridays include food demonstrations & taste sampling.
    PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
    VA Cooperative Extension: 540-775-3062

PRC VCE Parent WorKshops 102017 (1)

 

 

  • Pizza Hut Reading Night – Monday December 11, 2017
    5:00-7:00pm @ the Bowling Green Pizza Hut.

    Bring your Pizza Hut Book-It Coupon for a night of reading and pizza.
    Sponsored by the PTRC.
  • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, December 18, 2017 –
    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 or contact Susan Gayle at the PRC at  804-633-7083   sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com

Resources you need to know:

  • Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.
  • Paragon Autism Services: 1st Saturday of each month from 10 to 12 p.m.Paragon’s Lego/Train Club at our Chatham office.  We provide Legos and trains for the children.  Older individuals bring Lego Games and are provided a separate room. The children have fun and the parents exchange information, stories, and comradery.
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.  Paragon Autism Services and ASNV co-host a Support Group in our Princess Ann St. office   Every other month a topic which has been requested by the group is presented by a local professional.  February has free discussion on the agenda and March has a presentation scheduled for transition services.
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m  Paragon’s Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World where we rent the entire facility and limit attendance to 50 children to ensure safety.  It proves to be a fun evening for both children and their parents!!!!
  • 4th Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m.  Rappahannock Area Autism Council Lunch and Learn held at the dRC.  This event is a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism to ask questions and seek information from local service providers.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Have a great weekend!!