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The Special Kids Network (SKN), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program, helps children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities get the services and support they require in order to thrive in their community and develop to their full potential. We accomplish this by:
- providing information on health care services and other resources by calling the SKN, toll-free helpline (1-800-986-4550);
- offering service coordination to families through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program where an Elks Home Service staff person will work with families in their homes to connect them to needed services and resources; and,
- supporting eight regional coordinators, who are all parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities, to work in communities to identify service gaps and address the unique challenges of service systems.
The Special Kids Network contains three components:
The Special Kids Network facilitates Parent Youth
Professional Forums (PYPFs) twice a year in each of the eight regions. These PYPFs provide support, gather input
from families, youth, and other stakeholders; and improve services for children
and youth with disabilities and special health care needs.
Listed below are the Spring 2016 PYPFs
Topic: Emergency Planning for Children and Youth
with Special Health Care Needs and their families
Contact: Cindy Dollinger, 814-289-9326
Southwest, May 3, 2016, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Greensburg,
Topic: “Managing stress” by Dr. John Carosso and
Parent Panel with a variety of stress experience
Contact: Melissa Morgan, 814-270-5595
Southeast, May 10, 2016, 9-12:30 p.m., Manheim, Pa.
Topic: Emergency Preparedness for Families of
Children and Youth with Special Needs
For more information or to RSVP contact: Twanna
Topic: Individual Education Plan (IEP) A Parent’s
For more information or to RSVP contact: Tammy
Northeast, May 23, 2016, 8:30-12 p.m.,
Topic: Supplementary Aids and Services w/ an
Emphasis on Assistive Technology
For more information or to RSVP contact: Kim
Topic: Special Education Law: A Practical
Overview, Presented by Heidi B. Konkler-Goldsmith, Esquire
For more information or to RSVP contact: Shelley
Northwest, June 1, 2016, 10-2 p.m., New Castle, Pa.
Topic: My Special Needs Kid Wants to Go to
College. What’s Next?
For more information or to RSVP contact:
Paulette Testani, 814-270-5553
Topic: Planning for a Safer Community: Emergency
Preparedness & People with Special Needs.
For more information or to RSVP contact: Grace