Insights and Strategies from F2MAX Leaders

Jacqui DiDomenico and Lorie Brew

Using input from parents in the Families to the MAX Network (F2MAX), this session will explore the ideas of presuming competence, high expectations, and leading change. Insights, information, and strategies will be discussed to share how these core ideas can support collaboration between families and schools, while supporting the learning and development of students with disabilities.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers' biographies: Jacqui DiDomenico is a parent consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN).  She has a strong background in early childhood education and taught for eighteen years. Jacqui also brings her experience of parenting three adult children. She navigated special education services for each of her children whose issues ranged from intellectual disability, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and dyslexia. As a PaTTAN parent consultant, Jacqui informs initiative work about the parent perspective, assists parents with navigating special education, and facilitates parent participation at Pennsylvania conferences. Jacqui is the Coordinator for FAMILIES TO THE MAX: Pennsylvania Statewide Family Network and she supports the Family Engagement initiative.

Lorie Brew works for The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL) as the OSEP grant Coordinator for the Eastern area of the state.  Much of Lorie’s knowledge about disability related issues comes from individuals with disabilities themselves, families who support someone with a disability, as well as her own personal experience of raising a child with autism. Lorie is dedicated to the principles of presuming competence and having high expectations and supporting FAMILIES TO THE MAX the Pennsylvania Statewide Family Network.