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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.
Learn more about the SKN Program.
 
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
 
Northwest Central, May 2, 2016, 3-7 p.m., Lock Haven, Pa.
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, Pa.
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 Vann, 814-270-5618
 
Northeast Central, May 17, 2016, 5-8 p.m., Middleburg, Pa.
Topic: Individual Education Plan (IEP) A Parent’s Guide
For more information or to RSVP contact: Tammy Pursel, 814-270-5556
 
Northeast, May 23, 2016, 8:30-12 p.m., Tannersville, Pa.
Topic: Supplementary Aids and Services w/ an Emphasis on Assistive Technology
For more information or to RSVP contact: Kim Minor, 814-279-2581
 
Southwest Central, May 26, 2016, 12-3 p.m., Chambersburg, Pa.
Topic: Special Education Law: A Practical Overview, Presented by Heidi B. Konkler-Goldsmith, Esquire
For more information or to RSVP contact: Shelley Lill, 814-2589-9521
 
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
 
Southeast Central, June 16, 2016, 12-4 p.m., Mar Lin, Pa.
Topic: Planning for a Safer Community: Emergency Preparedness & People with Special Needs.
For more information or to RSVP contact: Grace Egun, 814-270-5600