Family Connection hosts 20th annual Hopes & Dreams conference for parents and professionals who care for children with special needs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 7, 2014)- Family Connection of South Carolina, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families who have children with disabilities, will host its 20th annual Hopes & Dreams conference for parents and professionals who care for children with special needs Feb. 7-8 at First Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C.

The conference includes more than 60 speakers and workshops that explore the issues and challenges families face in caring for children of all ages with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses and long-term health needs. Topics range from Autism 101 and parent wellness to managing anxiety and feeding the picky eater. To get complete conference and registration details, click here.

The conference features keynote speaker Julie Petty of Fayetteville, Ark. Petty, who has cerebral palsy, is a state leader in the self-advocacy movement encouraging people with disabilities to take greater control of their lives.

“This conference is the only one of its kind in our state,” said Executive Director Jackie Richards. “Workshop sessions are not only led by professionals, but they are co-led with parents who have personal experience with each topic.  This partnership offers a unique learning experience for all participants where parents and professionals learn from each other,” she said.

Childcare is available for children with special needs each day of the conference. Space is limited, and you must call ahead to reserve a spot. To register your child, call 1(800) 578-8750.

CEU credits are available for nurses, social workers, speech pathologists, teachers, early interventionists and child care workers.

Feb. 7-8, 2014

First Baptist Church

1306 Hampton St.

Columbia, SC 29201

Daily 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.



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