2019 LEARN Disability Summit

3rd Annual LEARN Disability Summit Coming on March 16
Disability Summit Photo

UNCASVILLE – The 3rd Annual LEARN Disability Summit returns to the Mohegan Sun Convention Center on Saturday, March 16. The Summit is offered free of charge and will present numerous resources and agencies dedicated to students with disabilities.

The event brings together experts and programs from throughout the state. It is the largest expo of its kind, with more than 70 state and local agencies and resources on hand to offer services to students with special needs from birth to age 21, as well as their families and caregivers.

“I have been in the field of special education for 25 years and after attending this event my eyes were opened to the amount of resources in our state,” said a parent who attended last year’s event.

The Summit begins in the Convention Center at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. The first 200 children will receive a free book donated by Read to Grow.

Experts will lead a dozen seminars on topics relevant to parents and students. This year’s topics include Secondary Transition 101, Understanding Your Child’s IEP, Supporting Siblings of Children with Disabilities, Assistive Technology at Home/School /Work, and many more sessions. Workshop times will be 11 a.m. to noon, 12:30-1:30 p.m., and 2-3 p.m.

The Summit is a free, family friendly event. Children are invited to meet and take pictures with mascots Blaze of the Connecticut Sun and Hunter of the New England Black Wolves. Stars from Looney Ts will also greet guests. All attendees have the opportunity to enter a free drawing for tickets to area attractions.

State and local agencies attending include:

  • Dept. of Developmental Services
  • Dept. of Children and Families
  • NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)
  • Dept. of Social Services
  • Dept. of Rehabilitative Services
  • (BESB) - Board of Education Services for the Blind
  • Social Security Administration and many more

“We are very excited to be hosting the Disability Summit for the third year and are grateful to Mohegan Sun for supporting the commitment to people with diverse need,” said Bridgette Gordon-Hickey, Associate Executive Director of LEARN Student Support Services. “The day is a chance for us to strengthen our community by learning together, supporting each other, and making new connections. Our message is that every voice matters and every person is valued.”

For upcoming event announcements including directions and parking, workshop schedule, list of vendors and locations, please follow LEARN Student Support Services on Facebook, or visit www.learn.k12.ct.us. For questions, contact Lois Eldridge at leldridge@learn.k12.ct.us or Jennifer Sullivan at jsullivan@learn.k12.ct.us or call (860) 440-0840 x2118.
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