Happy Holidays from PATH

Warmest Wishes for a wonderful holiday.

As we celebrate this Holiday Season, we pause to remember our friends from near and far who have lost loved ones this year! It is our hope that 2016 will bring comfort, joy and fulfillment to all of you and your families.

2015 has been a remarkable year for PATH/FVCT and we thank you for being a part of it and would love to share just a few highlights:

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Tips for Working Effectively with Your Special Education Advocate or Parent Consultant

By Elizabeth Bostic, Parent Consultant

advocateBeing the parent of a child with special needs comes with a unique set of challenges, not the least of which is advocating for them in their school. Navigating the special education system, deciphering the law, and interacting with school personnel can be emotionally challenging. Some parents have found help by working with a trained Parent Consultant or Advocate. Hiring a Special Education Parent Consultant can provide you with expertise regarding the law, strategies for working collaboratively with your child’s Team, and the ability to address your child’s needs based on facts, not emotions. Here are some tips on how to partner with your Parent Consultant most effectively.

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Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities in Getting Access to Healthcare

Even after children and adults with special needs have enrolled in a healthcare plan through a State or the Federal Marketplace, some are having difficulties accessing care.  In this blog, we summarize some of the obstacles and how they can be addressed.

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Holiday Faire/PATH Fundraiser

Announcing the PATH Holiday Faire/Fundraiser. Please use the links below to purchase some great items, and a portion of the proceeds will help support our PATH programs! We have vendors of everything from Younique, to Pampered Chef, to Origami Owl and more.

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Supported Decision Making for Transition Age Youth

Any person over the age of 18 is legally an adult, and is presumed to be able to manage his or her own finances, choose where to live, consent to medical treatment, vote, marry, and exercise his or her own legal rights as an adult. This
presumption does not change because a person has a disability.

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Local teen gives back!!

KINDHEARTED LOCAL TEEN HELPS FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, Local Charity, PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT. (PATH/FVCT)
When Samantha Nuss’ mom became involved in PATH/FVCT, Sammi was inspired to get involved to help other families like her own. Sammi who loves children, has a gift for designing and making bracelets, and as anyone who knows her will tell you is always helping, has found a way to combine all three to help this charity which is very close to her heart.

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How families can avoid surprise bills

What Families Can Do to Avoid “Surprise” Medical Bills?
Jul 08, 2015
Most families are familiar with managed care and understand that they have better health care coverage if they stay within their plan’s network. However, even when families go to network hospitals, they are sometimes hit with surprise medical bills.
How Does This Happen?

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Building a Great Life

Building a Great Life Registration Book SERC FINAL 7-14 _Page_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join CT KASA!

Join CT KASA!

KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) is a national, grassroots project created by young people with disabilities for young people with disabilities. CT KASA is open to anyone with a disability ages 13 to 26.

What CT KASA Can Do for YOU?

CT KASA participants learn how to advocate for themselves and take control over their own lives. CT KASA helps this happen by teaching young people about their rights and how to change the systems that affect their lives.

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PATH Online Auction

 

Are you a Connecticut restaurant or business that would like to help PATH?

Our Parent Support program best known as The Listener Program; provides support services critical to many Connecticut families who live with the sometimes unimaginable situation of raising a child with developmental disabilities or special health care needs. The program provides training, one-to-one parent matches, follow-up services and an inspirational and informational newsletter at no cost to families. Other critical programs include navigation of complex healthcare programs and services, resource research and advocacy, support and training for parents dealing with difficult issues at school or state agencies. (Please visit www.pathct.org for a complete description of our programs).

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