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Fathers of special needs kids to meet at symposium

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A special symposium for fathers of children with special needs will be Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.

It is an opportunity for men to come together to learn about best practices, programs and resources. The day will include speakers, breakout sessions and workshops, educational information and networking opportunities.

The event, “Fathers of Children with Special Needs: A Call, A Conversation, A Celebration” will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College’s Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St.

Registration is $15 and will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration ends today. To register, visit fatherresource.org.

The event is sponsored by Fathers and Families Center, an Indianapolis nonprofit aimed at helping men become effective fathers.

The day will include national and local speakers, including Robert Naseef, an author and autism specialist. In addition to Naseef, Greg Schell, the parent of a daughter with special needs and director of the Washington State Fathers Network, will speak during the symposium.

The symposium workshop topics will include faith and fatherhood; becoming your child’s education advocate; preparing for the future: life and financial planning; navigating the Medicaid waivers; building circles of support and effective communication techniques — managing through stress and anger.

For more information, contact Ian Albright at 921-5943 or admin@fatherresource.org.

Fathers and Families Center is celebrating its 20th year serving fathers in Marion County. The center is a 501c(3) agency aimed at enhancing the capacity of young fathers to become responsible and involved parents, wage earners and providers of child support.

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