The Resource Center’s parent support groups to meet

Information on helping youths with disabilities prepare for life after high school will be shared at the next monthly meetings of the Parents for Parents support groups.

The meetings will be held Aug. 14 at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The workshop is designed to teach students and families how to work with a school district’s Committee on Special Education to assess a child’s strengths, interests and needs, and identify goals for adult life. Parents and students will assist with establishing measurable goals for life after high school and identifying appropriate transition services and coordinated activities. A representative from Parent Network of WNY will provide this important training for transitioning students ages 14 and older.

The regular parent support meeting will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns. The Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of the month, while the Dunkirk group meets the second Wednesday of the month.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children’s activities and support staff on hand.

For more information, phone 661-1490 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176, extension 265, for the Dunkirk meeting.