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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 PYPF's provide support, gather input from families, youth, and other stakeholders; and improve services for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs. 
The Special Kids Network invites parents, youth and professionals to attend free events designed to improve services for children and youth with special health care needs. 
1.  When: May 17, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Road to Freedom Center for Independent Living
                       24 East Third Street
                       Williamsport, PA 17701
                       Parking in rear of building or on-street parking
Topic: Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Community
Contact: Tammy Pursel 814-270-5556
2.  When: May 18, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Butler Township Community Center
             411 West Butler Drive
             Drums, PA 18222
Topic: Medical Assistance 101
Contact: Kim Minor 814-279-2581
3.  When: May 23, 2017
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Somerset Jr/Sr High School, JR High LGI Room
             645 South Columbia Avenue
             Somerset, PA 15510
Topic: Emergency Preparedness for Families
Contact: Marty Dombrowski 814-289-9521
4.  When: May 25, 2017
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Where: Coudersport Jr./Sr. High School, LGI Room
             698 Dwight Street
             Coudersport, PA 16915
Topic: Autism: Personal Stories, Information and Resources and I.U. 9 Local Right to Education Task Force
Contact: Cindy Dollinger 814-289-9326
5.   When: June 21, 2017
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Family Life Center
             27 West Shortcut Road
             Newport, PA 17074
Topic: Planning for a Safer Community
Contact: Grace Egun 814-270-5600