Resources & Opportunities
An inclusive, two-year, non-degree c
ertificate program offering a college experience to students with intellectual disabilities at the University of Nevada, Reno. This month they are holding two fam
ily information sessions which include a tour of UNR, details about the program, discussions with current P2I students, their parents, educational coaches, mentors and instructors. The dates for these meetings are as follows:
Saturday, February 18, 10am to 12pm
in the Mathewson IGT Knowledge Center Room 107
Monday, February 20, 6pm to 8pm
in the Great Room
of the Joe Crowley Building floor 4.
UNR Health Study
Are you interested in talking about your child's diet or eating habits and earning a $10 Starbucks gift card at the same time?
Who is needed?
Researchers MaryAnn Demchak, Ph.D. and Brianna Grumstrup, UNR doctoral student of special
education are looking for parents of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) or ID paired with other diagnoses (such as autism, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions etc.)
To help them understand lived experiences of parents with their child's eating habits.
Research shows that there are sometimes issues with diet and health with children with ID, but we want to find out why children choose the foods they do and how parents and families experience these choices.
How it Works
One recorded interview (30-45 minutes) by phone, email , or Internet with
the researcher about your child's eating habits/dietary issues, with one follow up contact
(much shorter) to clarify any statements or questions. Real names and identities will not be shared with anyone but the researchers.
If you would like to participate or get more information email
MaryAnn Demchak at
Brianna Grumstrup at
JUSTinHope Support Meeting
Join us for an informational evening. Mr. Bryce L. Rader from Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd will be presenting on special needs life planning. He will discuss special needs trusts, ABLE Accounts and answer any questions you may have. It's never too soon to start planning for our children's future.
Fire Station #11/Community Center
7105 Mae Anne Ave., Reno, 89523
Wednesday, February 22nd
National Child Feeding Survey
What is involved in this study?
This is a feeding study on children 1-4 years old with a diagnosis of down syndrome or austin spectrum disorder. Participation in the study would involve recording video of your child eating different food products at home.
How long will the study last?
Individual participation will take 1 week to complete and will involve recording child-feeding sessions at home for 6 days in-a-row.
Compensation for participating
For filling out the questionnaire regarding eating habits of your child, you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $500 gift card.
If you and your child are elected to participate in the study, and complete all the child-feeding sessions, you will receive a $125 gift card.
Interested in this study?
Email Ben Bernhard at
Be SAFE Training Workshop
Learn how to safely interact with first responders in a safe and fun environment
This is a workshop to help families and individuals affected by autism and other neurodevelopment disorders safely interact with first responders. The workshop will include curriculum organized by the BE SAFE program and fun activities provided by a local Sparks Police Officer.
Sparks Police Department
1701 E. Prater Way
Sparks, NV 89434
Sunday, March 12
Training is recommended for individuals 12 and older that are independent and/or accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
FREE Tax Help
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
VITA volunteers will be working out of the Sparks Library located at:
1125 12th St.
Sparks, NV 89431