Gary Schools Help Parents of Special Needs Students

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October 18, 2013 — In one way or another school can be a challenge for most kids, and when your child has special needs those challenges can feel insurmountable.

The Gary Community School Corporation is hosting workshops to empower the very best advocates for special needs children:  their parents.

Marianne Fidishin is Executive Director of Special Education & Student and Family Services for the Gary Community School Corporation, and she talked with Lakeshore’s Kristyn Estes about the workshops program.  Click to watch.


Fidishin strongly encourages the community to attend program sessions that start next week, “Parents are automatically on the frontlines making sure that their children (special needs) gets all of the services they need; but they can’t make suggestions about their child’s educational experiences if they don’t understand disabilities.  Here’s an opportunity for all of us to come together early in the school year to get all of those questions answered.”

The Gary Community School Corporation graduated a salutatorian this past school year from the West Side Leadership Academy who started in special needs.  Fidishin says, “that could not have happened if he did not have a concerned parent who partnered with the District throughout her son’s educational process.”

Workshops start at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays for the following dates and topics:

October 23 at Beveridge Elementary School located at 1234 Cleveland Street for the topic: Discussion of Disabilities facilitated by Dr. Janice Grskovic of Indiana University Northwest.

November 20 — Parent’s rights and responsibilities  – facilitated by Dr. EJ Kim

January 15 — Ins and Outs of the IEP  – facilitated by Dr. Sheila Marie Trzcinka

February 19 — Inclusion  – facilitated by Dr. Janice Grskovic & Dr. Herbert Goetze

March 19 — Autism Awareness  – facilitated by Dr. EJ Kim

May 7 — Transitioning to Adulthood:  Guardianship and other parent questions about the  future  – facilitated by Dr. Sheila Marie Trzcinka

More information is available at the Special Education Department at 219-881-5404.


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