This year our featured speakers are “The Shut Up Sisters,” Gina Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi, co-authors of the best-selling parenting book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children. Gina and Patricia will speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys, and challenges they face as parents of children with disabilities. Participants will learn how laughter can be a powerful coping technique; how to deal with insensitive people; how to get your children the services and the support they need; as well as how to see the joys and gifts in raising children with special needs.
The conference is for adult family members and caregivers of children (birth-22) who have developmental delays or disabilities. Service providers and educators are also welcome.
There is a $15 per person (non-refundable) registration fee for family members and a $25 (non-refundable) fee for professionals. Continental Breakfast and lunch are included. HOIDSA members will be reimbursed fo rtheir registraiton fee by submitting a copy of their receipt to Milly Howeler, 5624 N Graceland Dr., Peoria IL 61614.