Community Workshops

COMMUNITY    GROUPS/WORKSHOPS/MEETINGS

Every Tuesday—Full Circle Recovery Center Learn to Cope. Learn to Cope (LTC) is a support group for parents, family members, spouses, and caregivers with a loved one who is struggling with addiction to opiates, alcohol, or other drugs. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at Full Circle Recovery Center located at 3261 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC. LTC offers compassionate, experienced facilitators who have been there, support, resources, educational material, and guest speakers who are in long term recovery or professionals in the field. For more information, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.

Every Tuesday—Sober Mommies—Motherhood group meeting every Tuesday (except holidays) at 10 am at First United Methodist Church located at 566 S Haywood St, Waynesville. For more information please contact Nicole Ross at 828-209-88220 or Nicole.ross@sobermommies.com.

Every Wednesday—Moms to Moms—meets at Methodist Church in Andrews from 12 pm to 2 pm. For more information please contact Barbara Matteson at 828-837-3460.

Every Thursday—Moms in the Mountains—meets at 3765 E Alt Hwy 64, Murphy from 10 am – 11:30 am. For more information please contact Barbara Matteson at 828-837-3460.

Every Thursday—NAMI Connections. Starting at 7 PM combination support group. Held at First Methodist Church Outreach Center located at the intersection of Harrison and W Main Sts, Franklin. This meeting is hosted by NAMI Appalachian South and a mixed group of family members and individuals with mental illness. The group focuses on support, education, resources, and advocacy. For more information contact Donita at or 828-526-9510 or Ann at 828-369-7385.

Every Sunday—Addiction Recovery Program Group Meeting—starting at 6:30 to 8 PM at the Waynesville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located 68 Foxwood Dr, corner of Foxwood and 209 (entrance to Foxfire Estates off of 209). For more information contact Mary Ann Widenhouse at 828-779-1923.

Last Monday of each month—Rutherford County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets last Monday of the month except July and August from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Please check the Facebook page or send an email for location information. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested however not required to  rutherford@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.rutherford/.

First and Third Mondays of each month—DIOM (Drugs in our Midst) Family Support Group—Starting at 6:30pm at the conference room at Haywood County Sheriff’s Office. Our purpose is to bring persons who have loved ones experiencing Substance Use Issues together. We support them, provide resources information, and share experiences and ways to make it work for you and your loved one. We pray together, cry together, and love each other. This is a faith-based program provided free for those who need our support. For more information contact Jean Parris at jeankparris@gmail.com.

First Tuesday of each month—Madison County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets first Tuesday of each month from 4 – 5:30 pm at Madison Middle School located at 95 Upper Brush Creek Rd, Marshall. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested however not required to  madisonchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.madison/.

First Tuesday of each monthJackson/Swain/Qualla Chapter of the Autism Society of NC—Family Support Network of Region A Caregiver Group Meeting. November’s meeting will be starting at 6:00 PM at Swain County Administration Building, 50 Main St, Bryson City in conference rooms A/B. This group focuses on families raising a child with a special need. Caregivers share their experiences to help strengthen other caregivers. September through May. RSVP encouraged. For more information contact Jody at  jmiller@regionakids.org or 828-506-6111 or http://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.jackson.swain.qb

First Wednesday of each monthCherokee County Caregiver Group Meeting. Starting at 9 AM at Region A Partnership for Children’s Murphy office located at 141 Peachtree St, Suite 5, Professional Building, Murphy. This group focuses on families raising a child with a special need. Caregivers share their experiences to help strengthen other caregivers. September through May. RSVP required. For more information contact Jody at  jmiller@regionakids.org or 828-506-6111.

First Friday of each monthJackson County Caregiver Group Meeting. Starting at 10 AM at the Children’s Developmental Services Agency located at 87 Bonnie Lane Sylva. This group focuses on families raising a child with a special need. Caregivers share their experiences to help strengthen other caregivers. September through May. RSVP required. For more information contact Jody at jmiller@regionakids.org or 828-506-6111.

First Saturday of each monthMacon County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets the first Saturday of each month from 4 pm – 5:30 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Held at Bethel United Methodist Church located at 81 Bethel Church Rd, Franklin. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to  maconchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.macon/

Second Tuesday of each month—Cherokee County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 pm at Kids in Stride located at 2810 Us64, Suite 2, Murphy. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is required but not required to hbridges@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.cherokee/

Third Tuesday of each month—Haywood County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets third Tuesday of each month from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Held at Three Oaks Studio located at 59 Pigeon St, Waynesville. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to             haywoodchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or http://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.haywood

Third Thursday of each month—Grandparent/Caregiver Info/Support Group—Are you a grandparent or family caregiver of a child? Or children?? Do you sometimes wonder how many people are in the same boat? Do you ever think “Things have changed since I grew up” and feel you could use information and support?

Clay County Schools is offering an opportunity for caregivers to connect, identify helpful information/resources needed for grandparents/caregivers and for them to support each other. If interested in attending the Grandparent/Caregiver Info-Support Group please RSVP to Terri Hager, Outreach Worker for Clay County Schools at 828-389-8586 ext. 4225 or cell: 828-361-2776. Please leave a message.

Childcare/snacks provided. Location is Hayesville Elementary School/Media Center from 3:30 – 4:45 pm. Park AFTER 3:20 at HES Parking Circle.

Third Thursday of each month—Buncombe County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets third Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Held at First Baptist Church located at 5 Oak St, Asheville.

For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to buncombechapter@autismsociety-nc.org or  http://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.buncombe

Third Friday of each month—Moms’ Connection—Meets at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church located at 495 Herbert Hills Dr, Hayesville from 10 am to 12 pm. Offers support, fun activities, parenting tips, friendship, encouragement and good adult conversation for all moms—moms, expectant moms, grandmothers, and caregivers. Children from 0-5 will join other children in the nursery with trained volunteers. Free childcare.

For more information contact Susan Gray at 828-361-7175. Visit the Facebook page at momsconnectionhayesville.

Fourth Monday of each month—Adolescent Support Group for Chronic Medical Conditions 4 PM – 5 PM.  Are you a teenager with a medical condition? Do you wish that you could talk to others in similar conditions? This group will be a welcoming, non-judgmental, safe place for you to share your experiences and struggles, laugh with each other, and build a sense of community. Group will meet in the Reuter’s Outpatient Building of Mission Children’s Hospital, in the Chapel. Participants must have a current Mission Outpatient provider. For more information contact Sarah Kirkpatrick at 828-213-1869 or Sarah.kirkpatrick@msj.org.

Smart Start (SS) / Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Team Meetings—Cherokee County meets the 1st Wednesday of each month starting @ 1:00 PM; Clay County meets the 1st Thursday of each month starting @ 1:30 PM; Graham County meets the 2nd Thursday of each month starting @ 9:30 AM; Haywood County meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting @ 10:30 AM; Jackson County meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting @ 12 noon; Macon County meets the 4th Thursday of the month starting

@ 12 noon; and, Swain County meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting @ 10:00 AM. Holidays and weather may cancel the meeting. For more details contact Jody Miller at jmiller@rapc.org.

Monday through Friday—Car Seat Clinic—8 am – 4 pm (closed for lunch 12 pm – 12:45 pm). Held in the Beloved Women and Children’s Building (73 Kaiser Wilnoty Rd, Cherokee). Must have correct amount. Child must be present. EBCI enrollment card (parent or child). Car seats cost $20 for infant, convertible,  combination or high back booster. Questions about clinic or car seats please contact Savannah Farmer at 828- 359-6216.

A Monday of the Month—Macon County Support Group for Foster/Adoptive Caregivers—Meets from 6 pm

– 8 pm at the Watauga Baptist Church located at 658 Watauga Church Rd, Franklin. Open to all foster/adoptive caregivers. Entrée is provided and attendees bring a covered dish to share. For more information and to find out what Monday the meeting for this month is going to be contact Stacey Messer at Macon DSS at 828-349-2124.

March 2-6, 2020—40-hour NC Peer Support Specialist Training– Peer Support Specialists are messengers of hope who are essential in increasing positive outcomes for individuals on their recovery paths. Specialists share their own experiences to help others, and the training offered by Vaya Health meets the guidelines of North Carolina’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. Vaya Health’s trainers have firsthand experience working as Peer Support Specialists, giving them the unique perspective to guide individuals through the course. Activities and discussions provide insight into what it is like to work with peers in recovery.

Participants will also learn ways to monitor their own wellness to sustain their recovery and support others on their recovery journeys. The class is interactive, and participants are encouraged to share their perspective throughout the training. PLEASE NOTE: There is a high demand for our PSS training, and class size is limited by state guidelines. Submitting your application does not guarantee a seat in the next class. If a class is full upon application approval, you will be added to the waiting list and contacted when there is an available seat in an upcoming session. Our training dates and locations are updated quarterly. Ready to get started? Please

submit a complete application packet, which includes the training application and two written references. Instructions for each are printed on the forms linked below. Location details will be shared with individuals who are approved to attend and the $30 registration fee will be collected after acceptance to the course. If you have additional questions, please send email to PSStraining@vayahealth.com. Thank you! Follow this link for Peer Support Specialist Training Application and Peer Support Specialist Reference Form (Submit two):  https://www.vayahealth.com/event/40-hour-nc-peer-support-specialist-training-in-asheville-3/.

March 3, 2020—A Rainbow of Mental Health: An Introduction—Free–An introductory course designed to support an understanding of the most commonly diagnosed mental health related conditions in the aged population. This curriculum takes a person-centered approach to understanding classifications and care delivery. Being held at Harvest House Community Center located at 205 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville. For more information contact Lisa Maney at 828-225-2785 or lisa.maney@vayahealth.com. To register RSVP to  joanned.desarle@vayahealth.com.

March 3, 2020—Criminal Record Expunction Clinic—Attend the free criminal record expunction clinic to learn if you can remove any information from your criminal record. The clinic will not provide specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/criminal-  record-expunction. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 5, 2020—Social Security Disability Clinic—Attend a free clinic on social security disability. Learn about the types of adult social security disability benefits, how to qualify, the application process, and what you will need to show to prove that you are entitled to benefits. You will watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/social-  security-disability. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 5, 2020—Social Security Disability Clinic— Attend a free clinic on social security disability. Learn about the types of adult social security disability benefits, how to qualify, the application process, and what you will need to show to prove that you are entitled to benefits. You will watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic is being held at the Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register:  http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/social-security-disability. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 6, 2020—IEP Road Trip—10 am to 12 pm. Join the Jackson County Caregiver Group for a workshop at the Children’s Hope Alliance located at 151 Desoto Trail, Sylva. This workshop will explore different parts of the IEP and the rules of the road. We’ll cover a lot of territory and how to navigate road blocks and detours that may occur along the way. Upon reaching our final destination, passengers will have a better have a better understanding of special education terminology, the IEP process and will know how to prepare for and participate in IEP meetings. We will also discuss Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jody Miller at 828-631-3900 ext 126, 828-506-6111 or  jmiller@rapc.org.

March 7, 2020—Painting a Bright Future: Transition into Adulthood—7:30 am to 3 pm. A free conference focusing on the transition to adulthood for families of children, youth, or young adults with special health care needs or disabilities, and providers who work with them. Childcare will not be provided. A transition fair conducted in partnership with Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools. For more details and to

register follow this link https://www.cabarrushealth.org/190/Resource-Cafe. For more information contact Debbie Biggerstaff at 704-934-4399.

March 10, 202—I’m Covered Up: What You Need to Know About Hoarding—Free–“I’m covered up” is not just about the physical retention of things but more importantly, the emotional components that won’t allow release. This presentation examines causes, symptoms, and adaptive treatment and care methods for those dealing with hoarding behavior. A focus is placed on the aged population. Being held at Asheville Terrace Apartments—Community Room (Lower Level). For more information contact Lisa Maney at 828-225-2785 or  lisa.maney@vayahealth.com. RSVP to joanne.desarle@vayahealth.com.

March 10, 2020—After the Diagnosis: Get Answers, Get Help, Get Going!– Please join ASNC Autism Resource Specialist Juliette Heim for this FREE informal workshop for parents and grandparents of children 8 years or younger recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If your recently diagnosed child is older than 8, please contact Juliette to schedule a free appointment. Workshop objectives: to learn how autism may affect your child; to learn options that may help your child; and, to locate resources to support your family. Being held at the Autism Society of NC located at 306 Summit St Asheville from 10 am – 11:30 am. No fee. Register at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/after-the-diagnosis-get-answers-get-help-get-going-tickets-80925591623.     For more information or to register, contact Juliette Heim at 828-236-1547 or jheim@autismsociety-nc.org

March 10, 2020—Child Custody and Visitation Clinic—Attend the free child custody and visitation clink to learn how to file a child custody action in court without an attorney. You will also learn about visitation. You will be provided with a packet of legal forms and instructions, and you will watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-  clinics/child-custody-and-visitation. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 10, 2020—Child Custody and Visitation Clinic—Attend the free child custody and visitation clink to learn how to file a child custody action in court without an attorney. You will also learn about visitation. You will be provided with a packet of legal forms and instructions, and you will watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/child-  custody-and-visitation. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 11, 2020—Current Issues in Developmental Disability Advocacy: What’s happening and What You can Do—6:30 pm – 8 pm—2020 CIDD Community Talk Series. Presentation on the current policy issues affecting people with developmental disabilities, including the budget, Medicaid Transformation, changes to voting  laws, and other topics. Being held at CIDD Castelloe Conference Room 101 located at 101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro, NC 27510. Free workshops. For more information contact Debbie Reinhartsen at 919-966-4138 or  debbie.reinhartsen@cidd.unc.edu or  http://www.cidd.unc.edu/Education/CommunityTalk/2020CommunityTalkSeries.aspx.

March 12, 2020—Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Moving from Awareness to Action – $50–The Rooted in Advocacy pre-conference event will put a spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FASD refers to a range of effects that can occur when a developing fetus is prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD can include physical, cognitive, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.  They can affect each person in different ways and range from mild to severe. FASD is the one developmental disability that is 100% preventable. State and national experts will share the latest prevalence research, how to expand diagnostic capacity in North Carolina, strategies for supporting individuals with an FASD, the importance of preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies, and removing the stigma surrounding this diagnosis.  Presenters sharing their expertise include Dr. Dan Dubovsky, Dr. Phillip A. May, Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, and Dr.

Yasmin Senturias. For more info or to register visit https://www.rootedinadvocacy.org/fasd-pre-conference.

March 12, 2019—Employee Rights Clinic—Attend the free clinic on employee rights. Topics include employment at will, right to work, discrimination, retaliation, and unemployment benefits. We will give you a packet of legal information, and you will watch an informational video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/employee-rights For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 12, 2019—Employee Rights Clinic—Attend the free clinic on employee rights. Topics include employment at will, right to work, discrimination, retaliation, and unemployment benefits. We will give you a packet of legal information, and you will watch an informational video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/employee-rights. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 13, 2020—Rooted in Advocacy Conference--Real advocacy can happen when people from all walks of life come together to learn, engage, and then act on important issues facing the disability community. The Arc of North Carolina’s Rooted in Advocacy annual conference is the source for the I/DD community at all levels in North and South Carolina. Through large and small group sessions, keynote speakers, and networking events, your attendance at the conference will strengthen ties between the professional community, direct support staff, chapters, families, and self-advocates and will ultimately build stronger, more inclusive communities. For more information or to register visit https://www.rootedinadvocacy.org/.

March 17, 2020—Autism 101— This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to develop a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This workshop explores the four core areas affected by ASD: communication, social interaction, sensory issues, and how an individual may think and learn. Basic strategies for interacting with individuals with ASD are discussed. Workshop objectives: to build a better understanding of what ASD is; to explore some of the possible reasons an individual with ASD may react differently; to develop a broader understanding of why and how information may need to be presented in a more structured way; and, to review some basic strategies that can be implemented that day. Being held at the Autism Society of NC located at 306 Summit St Asheville from 10 am – 11:30 am. No fee. Register at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-101-tickets-69768809387. For more information, contact Juliette Heim at jheim@autismsociety-nc.org.

March 17, 2020—Infant Massage Class—Free 5-week class, meeting successive Tuesdays from 5:30 pm until 6:45 pm for parents and infants (not yet walking). Being held at the Sylva Presbyterian Church located at 46 Presbyterian Dr. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sandy at 828-506-7978.

March 18, 2020 @ 9 AM – March 19, 2020 @ 4 PM—Free. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Two day training in Asheville. WRAP® is an evidence-based self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people with mental health difficulties who struggled to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into      their lives. There is no cost to attend. Click to register for this class. WRAP® is designed to: decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; increase personal empowerment; improve quality of life; and, assist people in achieving their life goals and dreams. What you’ll learn: five key recovery concepts; how to make your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan®; and, how to use and share your plan. Who should attend? Individuals living with mental health, substance use and/or intellectual/developmental disability issues and their loved ones who want to create positive change in the way they feel or increase their enjoyment in life  and individuals who want to increase their understanding of mental health recovery concepts, skills and strategies. For questions email member.relations@vayahealth.com.

March 19, 2020—Simple Divorce Clinic—Attend a free clinic on simple divorce. Learn how to file a simple divorce action in court without hiring an attorney. You will receive a packet of legal forms and watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register:  http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/simple-divorce. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 19, 2020—Simple Divorce Clinic—Attend a free clinic on simple divorce. Learn how to file a simple divorce action in court without hiring an attorney. You will receive a packet of legal forms and watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic is being held at the Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/simple-divorce. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 24, 2020—A Public Conversation about Food and Hunger in Haywood County—5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Will network and discuss current data and resources. Together we can dream big to end hunger in Haywood County. RSVPs appreciated to ensure enough food but walk-ins are welcome and we hope to se you there. Being held at the NC Cooperative Extension Office located at 589 Raccoon Rd, Suite 118, Waynesville. For more information or to RSVP contact Lauren Woo at 828-356-2292 or lauren.wood@haywoodcountync.gov.

March 26, 2020—Tenants Rights Clinic—Attend a free clinic on tenant rights. Learn what to do if your landlord will not make repairs. You will watch an instructional video. A volunteer Attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/tenant-rights. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 26, 2020—Tenants Rights Clinic—Attend a free clinic on tenant rights. Learn what to do if your landlord will not make repairs. You will watch an instructional video. A volunteer Attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Use this

link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/tenant-rights. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

March 27-28, 2020—2020 Autism Conference: Celebrating, Empowering, and Preparing. The Autism Society of North Carolina’s annual conference is a two-day event featuring nationally and internationally recognized speakers and topics of interest to all members of the autism community. The 2020 theme, Celebrating, Empowering, Preparing, kicks off our 50th anniversary celebration. It also reflects our commitment to sharing information and knowledge that helps individuals with autism, families and other caregivers, and a wide range of professionals. With a program that provides personal perspectives, knowledge from experts in the field, and topics that span the lifespan and spectrum, attendees will learn practical ideas and strategies for use at home, at school, at work, and in the community. For more information follow this link: https://www.autismsociety-  nc.org/autism-conferences/.

April 8, 2020—Changing Paths: Post-Secondary Options Pathways for Students with Disabliities—6:30 pm – 8 pm—2020 CIDD Community Talk Series. Parents of young men with ASD will describe their sons’ college experiences with one in a program supporting students with I/DD and one fully included with general campus supports. Being held at CIDD Castelloe Conference Room 101 located at 101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro, NC 27510. Free workshops. For more information contact Debbie Reinhartsen at 919-966-4138 or  debbie.reinhartsen@cidd.unc.edu or  http://www.cidd.unc.edu/Education/CommunityTalk/2020CommunityTalkSeries.aspx.

May 13, 2020—Panel Discussion on Growing up with a sibling with I/DD—6:30 pm – 8 pm—2020 CIDD Community Talk Series. A panel of adult siblings sharing their experience. Being held at CIDD Castelloe Conference Room 101 located at 101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro, NC 27510. Free workshops. For more information contact Debbie Reinhartsen at 919-966-4138 or debbie.reinhartsen@cidd.unc.edu or  http://www.cidd.unc.edu/Education/CommunityTalk/2020CommunityTalkSeries.aspx.

Tentative May 19, 2020—First in Families Management Team Meeting—Meeting is in Asheville. It will be held at the Vocational Rehabilitation building. When you arrive just let the receptionist know you are there for a First in Families meeting. It would be great to have those who have received assistance attend and share your story. If transportation is an issue, I can take three people with me as long as you are able to meet me my  office location. Watch for more information. Interested in carpooling, let me know. Contact Jody at 828-506- 6111 or jmiller@rapc.org.