Parents For Parents To Talk Testing Accommodations

Testing accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities will be discussed at the April meetings of Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs.

The meetings will be held Wednesday, April 2, at The Resource Center’s administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave., Jamestown, and Wednesday, April 9, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road, Route 60, Dunkirk. Both meetings are from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Mary Ann White, regional education training specialist, will provide information on types of testing accommodations and the decision-making process to determine needed testing accommodations for students with disabilities, as well as how to document the need for appropriate testing accommodations in a child’s individual education plan. Parents also will learn the difference between accommodations and modifications.

Parents, caregivers and all who support individuals with special needs are encouraged to come to this support group and workshop. The regular support group will meet following the presentation.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that organizers can have enough materials on hand. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children’s activities and support staff on hand.

For more information, call 661-1057 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176 for the Dunkirk meeting.