You’re Invited: Free Webinar, Wednesday, April 26

Towards Empowerment and Leadership: Increasing Capacity of Families with Children With Disabilities

Wednesday, April 26, 3pm

How do you create programs for diverse families of children and youth with disabilities focused on increasing involvement in their children’s education? How can you help them access and create inclusive opportunities for their children and build their capacity as parent leaders and advocates? Experts from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education as well as two different community parent resource centers will be ready to answer your questions in this interactive session.

Presenters include:

Carmen Sánchez, Education Program Specialist, Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. Carmen manages grants with Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) for families of children with disabilities throughout the country.

Jenny Hutkowski, Director of Family and Youth Education at Starbridge, Rochester, New York. Jenny facilitates state and federal Parent Centers. She incorporates her experience as the parent of children with disabilities and as a school counselor to help build relationships between families and school teams.

Susan Barlow, Executive Director of Parent Network of Western New York, a comprehensive Parent Center in Buffalo, NY. Sue has worked in the disability field for 36 years, developing numerous transition to adulthood and family engagement programs for people with disabilities and their families.

Register now to receive log-in information for this online meeting using the Zoom webinar platform. This is a virtual meeting. There is no in-person component.

Questions? Contact Keami Harris at or (703) 739-1358.