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Dunedin Conference Will Help Disabled Students Succeed after Graduation

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The conference Saturday (Feb. 28) will cover such topics as healthy relationships, education and health care.

DUNEDIN – The Family Network on Disabilities, in partnership with Dunedin Highland Middle School, is hosting the Eighth Annual Heart and Hope Statewide Family Conference to provide students with disabilities and their families with invaluable tools and resources to support independent and productive lives.

“This event truly encompasses FND’s mission of striving for complete integration and equality of people with disabilities in a society without barriers,” said Richard La Belle, FND executive director. “By helping to empower students with disabilities to attain independence, we are truly enriching their lives while supporting both the community and the economy.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “Planning for Beyond High School.”  Conference tracks include education beyond high school, transition to adult services, independent living and health care services.  The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will be there to discuss managing Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance disability benefits.  The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities will discuss community involvement.  The Centers for Independent Living will provide helpful information regarding transportation, and educators from the University of South Florida will talk about healthy relationships, among other topics.

One-on-one IEP assistance will be also available by appointment.  KidCamp will be available for children, and lunch will be provided for all participants.

Family Network on Disabilities is a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of Family Network on Disabilities is striving for the complete integration and equality of people with disabilities in a society without barriers.

The Eighth Annual Heart and Hope Statewide Family Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 28) at Dunedin Highland Middle School, 70 Patricia Ave. For information or to register for the event, please visit or call (800) 825-5736.

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