Children with mild to moderate disabilities of all kinds can and should be included in activities available to all children in the community, but that is not always the case, according to the Ohio County Family Resource Network Disabilities Committee.
To educate community groups that serve children - including scouts, 4-H, sports, dance, music, art and religious groups - the committee is sponsoring a free Community Inclusion Training from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling.
"We'll have an overview of mild to moderate disabilities and food allergies and an explanation of visual supports and physical supports" that can be offered to these children, said Claudia Raymer, executive director of the Ohio County Family Resource Network in Wheeling.
Photo by Betsy Bethel
Organizers Claudia Raymer, left, and Audra Barrick, right, of the Ohio County Family Resource Network, and presenter Jami Robinson of Ohio Valley Kids With Food Allergies meet outside Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling to discuss plans for a Community Inclusion Training that will take place at the center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Barrick is holding her son, Fletcher.
- Physical therapist Sheila Archer, Wheeling Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation, who will give the overview and discuss ways leaders can provide visual schedules and other visual supports;
- Physical therapist Mark Drnach from Wheeling Jesuit University, who will discuss ways to alter and supplement the physical environment to include all children; and,
- Jami Robinson with the Ohio Valley Kids With Food Allergies support group, who will discuss the dangers children with food allergies face and how to be cognizant of their health and safety needs so they can participate with other children.
Attendees also can expect to receive useful handouts, network with others who work with children and meet professionals in the field of disabilities who can answer questions.
For more information, email Raymer, OhioCountyFRN @yahoo.com or call her at 304-232-5600.