CONCORD —The Parent Information Center of NH and NH Family Voices will hold their annual conference, Partnering for Strength 2014 on March 28 and 29 at the Grappone Center in Concord. The conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about working collaboratively to support children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. It is unique in that participants will hear from a wide range of individuals who experience disability in many ways. This will include parents, youth and professionals, giving attendees a dynamic perspective while learning new strategies and networking with others in the community.
Saturday morning doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and will be followed by keynote speaker Rae Hoffman. Rae is the CEO of PushFire Communications, a pioneer in affiliate branding, and has a powerful story of resilience and optimism to share. Attendees will be inspired and entertained by the story of Rae’s incredible journey with her son CJ who experienced a bilateral stroke when he was two weeks old and everything he taught her along the way without ever speaking a word.
The day will continue with twelve workshops for attendees to choose from focusing on a variety of topics ranging from improving the social experiences of children, learning and cognition, school/family partnerships, resilience in children and families, behavioral health, medical home concept and many more! There will also be a youth focused track for those ages 15-21 that experience disability and/or special healthcare needs. These workshops will be led by the YEAH Council (http://yeah-councilnh.com). For more information or to register, visit www.picnh.org.
On March 28, for those wanting to connect to other parents or are just looking to have some fun, there will be a dinner and inspirational youth speaker. This local youth will share her experience overcoming cancer and her struggles with the resulting hearing loss.