The Arc provides a wide variety of programs to help meet the needs of the people we serve. Each year, we provide programs and services to more than 1,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, in the Lehigh Valley.
Professional Certified Guardianship, Healthcare Advocacy, and
- When: Sep 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Ø Long-term care, Medical/Healthcare Advocacy, or Medicine Management
Ø Public & Private Benefits Research & Procurement
Ø Education & Vocational Planning, including IEP meetings
Ø Crisis Management/Abuse, Neglect, Undue Influence
Ø Representative Payee, Minor or Small Trustee Work
Ø Power of Attorney & Certified Professional Guardianship
This presentation is free, but you must register. Please contact Ramona at either 610-849-8076, ext. 325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is preferred. When registering, it would be helpful to know the age and needs of your family, as well as the county in which he or she resides.
If you cannot attend but would like to know more, please call IKOR’s Center Valley office at 855-367-4567 visit ikorglobal.com
RED FLAGS to the IEP
- When: Oct 04, 2017 at 6:00 pm
All students who receive special education services must have an IEP (Individualized Education Program. How does your child’s IEP measure up? Does it contain appropriate goals? Are these goals measurable? Does the IEP address your child’s unique needs in a specific way? Sadly, many IEPs need an overhaul! Parent attorney Angela Uliana Murphy will discuss what to look for, as well as what to Look OUT for, in your child’s IEP. Here are some questions to think about before you RSVP for this workshop:
Ø Does the IEP state when, where, how frequently, & for how long services will occur?
Ø Has the IEP been written by a TEAM of people that includes the parent/guardian?
Ø Is assistive technology listed under “special considerations”? This potentially valuable service is often neglected or underutilized.
Ø Are certain behaviors of your child affecting is/her ability to learn? Are these behaviors having a negative impact on others? If so, the IEP should include positive behavior strategies.
Ø What happens if your child has not made the expected progress? The IEP should change as your child changes. Perhaps it’s time to revise the IEP.
These and many other IEP-related questions will be covered in the presentation. Plenty of time allowed for Q&A. This event is free, but you must RSVP to Ramona Neidig. Please call her at 610-849-8076, Ext. 325 or email email@example.com.
Can’t attend? The following helpful titles are available in The Arc’s Family Resource Library:
All about IEPs by Pete Wright
From Gobbledygook to Clearly Written Annual IEP Goals by Barbara Bateman
IEP and Inclusion Tips by Anne Eason
Writing Measurable Goals & Objectives by Barbara Bateman
DATE CHANGE! 33rd Annual Allen D. Deibler Memorial Golf Classic!
- When: Oct 06, 2017 at 11:30 am
- Where: Southmoore Golf Club, 235 Moorestown Dr. Bath, PA 18014 Map It
- Entry: $125
Contests Galore! We feature the following contest with sensational prizes for men and women:
:Closest to pins
*Pot of Gold
*Longest drives .....and more!
Sponsorships available that include golf positions as well as advertisement possibilities!!!!
Don't miss out on this EXCITING event! Contact Susan Cully in the Development Department at The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties for more information today!!! Scully@arcoflehighnorthampton.org or at 610-849-8076 ext 346
Neuropsychological Evaluations for Adult Clients
- When: Oct 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Neuropsychology explores the relationship between the brain and behavior. Because a neuropsychological evaluation is multi-faceted, it can take several hours to complete. The goal is to assess how one’s brain functions & to determine what is interfering with effective functioning. A neuropsych evaluation is especially helpful when the issues concern working, competency, guardianship, or disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, learning disorders, dementia, and traumatic brain injury.
Renee Cantwell is a licensed psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist. She specializes in evaluating and treating adults and older adults with a variety of cognitive issues, particularly memory and attention. Dr. Cantwell has performed both neuropsychological and psychological services in hospitals, retirement communities, rehabilitation units, and outpatient locations.
Despite its name, Easton Neuropsychology and Behavioral Services is located at 299 Industrial Drive in Nazareth. The facility offers cognitive evaluations and provides treatment for mood and behavior disorders. Seating and parking are limited, so please RSVP early. You may contact Ramona Neidig at 610-849-8076, ext. 325 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: At least 10 attendees are needed to offer this workshop. Due to how well this topic was received, this is the 3rd time it has been offered. Certificates of attendance available for professionals who need training hours.
Estate Planning for People with Disabilities
- When: Oct 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Attorneys with McAndrews Law Office
Do you have peace of mind about the future of your loved one with a disability? Will he or she need lifelong care and support? What will that look like? Who will look after your child when you are old, disabled, or die? Who and how will your financial resources be handled? Do you have a will? Do you have a special needs trust or an ABLE account? If not, would you like to know more about financial tools to provide for your family member? Folks, there’s no time like right now to plan for the future!
Alissa Gorman and Elaine Yandrisevitz, experienced attorneys with McAndrews Law Office, will discuss essentials of estate planning for children and adults with disabilities. Talking points will include:
· The Function of a Will (names guardian for minor children, names an executor, explains how property is to be distributed after death)
· Special Needs Trusts (there’s more than one kind!), how they work, & how they can be funded
· Duties of a Trustee -Will a family member be equal to the task?
· What on Earth is Meant by a Pooled Trust? Is it right for me?
· ABLE Accounts: How do they differ from trusts?
This presentation is free, but you must RSVP to Ramona Neidig at 610-849-8076, ext. 325 or email@example.com. Seating limited to 20.
FREE IEP CLINIC
- When: Nov 04, 2017 at 10:00 am
· Now booking free, private 30-minute IEP sessions between 10:00 & 1:00.
· Only 18 appointments will be taken! Early Registration Recommended.
· Parents who have never attended an IEP clinic will receive preference.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00-1:00
The Arc’s Nov. 4th IEP Clinic will allow you time to briefly consult privately with an experienced special education attorney to discuss your child’s IEP, a recent evaluation, or other issues. Attorneys from McAndrews Law Office will facilitate. This event is free, but you must register & select a time slot. Please RSVP to Ramona Neidig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 610-849-8076, ext. 325. Email registration preferred.
Tanya Alvarado,Esq. (bilingual) Michael Goering, Esq. Jacqueline Lembeck, Esq.
An Everyday Life for All
- When: Nov 14, 2017 at 10:00 am
LifeCourse Framework and Tools were created by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and ages to: • Develop a vision for a Good Life • Think about what they need to know and do • Identify how to find or develop supports • Discover how to have an “Everyday Life” in their community
Join us to learn about PA’s Community of Practice for Supporting Families and how to use the LifeCourse Tools in YOUR life!
Improving Your Child’s IEP Month by Month
- When: Dec 02, 2017 at 10:00 am
Is your 2018 New Year’s resolution to have a more organized, successful, and peaceful school year? Fear not. It can be done! Learn how to make some tiny, but significant steps each month. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to making your resolution a reality!
In a fun and informal presentation, Attorney Jacqueline Lembeck will share some very “do-able” tasks for each month of the year, including summer. By breaking up tasks into smaller components, you won’t feel overwhelmed. This technique is highly effective. In the course of her presentation, Attorney Lembeck will also cover basic special education terms and deadlines. Come with questions and leave with answers, tips, & strategies that will help you to advocate effectively for your child.
This event is free but you must RSVP to Ramona Neidig at 610-849-8076, ext. 325 or email@example.com. Email preferred. In order for this event ot be offered, we must have at least 10 attendees.
Free Workshop on Truancy, Tardiness, and Mandatory Attendance
- When: Dec 06, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Truancy is a multi-faceted problem. This workshop will briefly discuss contributing factors & possible solutions. However, the heaviest focus will be on the legal end. That’s because we have two excellent attorneys as co-presenters. Learn from “both sides” as we hear them address the thorny issues of truancy, tardiness, and mandatory attendance.
Mrs. Gilsbach is an associate with KingSpry and their Director of Professional Education and Policy Development. She advises schools on both regular education & special education issues. Prior to joining KingSpry, Mrs. Gilsbach served as a legal intern at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach began her career in the classroom as a full-time public high school teacher.
Angela Uliana-Murphy is a parent attorney with expertise in education law. She represents parents and children in special education & discipline cases. She also has worked extensively with cases involving children on the autism spectrum. Ms. Murphy has personally experienced the special education process with two of her children. Talking Points will Include:
PA’s Attendance Law/Unexcused Absences/Medical Excusals Emancipated Minors & Students age 17 & Older Section 504, IEPs & Truancy
Use of Homebound Instruction Plus Q & A from audience!
This event is free, but you must RSVP to Ramona Neidig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-849-8076, ext. 325. Email preferred. First consideration will be given to families for whom these issues have been a problem. Professionals welcome if space permits.