April 2019
E-Newsletter
Events and Resources from Family Voices of MN
Resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through
Upcoming Webinars
Family voices of MN is pleased to bring two webinar series in April and May. The first series aims to give newer parent advocates confidence in their abilities to parent a child with special health care needs and navigate systems of care. The second will demystify special needs planning including special needs accounts, guardianship and conservatorship. Join us live or check out the archives on our website at a later date.
Series for New Parent Advocates

Part I: Connection: From Diagnosis to Discover to Hope
Friday, April 19th 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Parent panel members will share their stories of discovery, grief and how they found hope in peer support. Find your tribe!
Part II: Learning to Navigate Systems: Practical Tools and Information for the New Parent Advocate.
Tuesday, May 14th 12:30 - 1:30 PM
We will discuss how to find providers and reliable information. We'll get tools on preparing for appointments, keeping records and sharing information. 
Special Needs Planning Series

Part I: Special Needs Accounts
Wednesday, May 1, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Learn about the uses and limits of ABLE accounts, Special Needs Trusts and Supplemental Needs Trusts. Learn how these accounts can work together.
Part II: Guardianship & Conservatorship
Date Coming Soon
Estate Planning Attorney, Scott Stevens, brings us another informative webinar on special needs planning. Scott, who is father to a youth with a disability, will shed light on guardianship and conservatorship.
Join the Inclusion Revolution: Special Olympics
As summer approaches, many of us are looking for great opportunities for our children to participate in sports or other physical activities that will benefit them physically, mentally and socially.
Parent, Rebecca Schlough, recently shared her daughter's experience at The Special Olympics USA Games last summer.
The Special Olympics, in celebration of their 50th anniversary, has launched a five year campaign called "The Revolution is Inclusion". The revolution aims "...to inspire action and ultimately end discrimination for people with Intellectual Disabilities. "

Want to be inspired? Check out these "game changing moments of inclusion" videos developed through a partnership between ESPN and Special Olympics.

Then after you get inspired, find more information about Special Olympics Minnesota for your child.
Conference: Transforming Care and Experience for Children with Special Health Complexity
Join other parents along with care coordinators, pediatricians, and other interested health care professionals on Thursday June, 20, 2019 at this unique conference aimed at improving systems of care including family-centered care coordination for children with complex conditions and disabilities. This conference is being planned and implemented by Family Voices of Minnesota, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and the Minnesota Department of Health. Click the post card for more information and to register.
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