PEN Project works to advocate for Texas Panhandle families

Nyzah McDonald LIVE with the PEN Project

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The PEN Project serves families of children with disabilities in the Panhandle area.

This weekend, the organization is hosting a free disability conference and resource fair Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Paramount Baptist Church.

Stephanie McLoughlin, the Region 16 coordinator for the Partners Resource Network, says the fair is a great resource for parents to learn how to help their child with a disability.

“It’s a great time to connect with parents and learn some practical tips on how to help your child,” she said.

The non-profit provides training on special education and disability topics, support at educational meetings, and referrals to other local agencies.

McLoughlin hopes the fair communicates the rich variety of community resources available to assist these parents.

“I hope parents walk away understanding that there area lot of resources out there,” she said. “Partners Resource Network’s PEN Project is just one of those resources.”

Local parents and professionals are invited to come together to continue advocating for children with disabilities.

The PEN Project serves families of children with disabilities in the Panhandle area.
The PEN Project serves families of children with disabilities in the Panhandle area.

The PEN Project helps parents to:

  • Understand their child’s disability;
  • Understand their rights and responsibilities under IDEA;
  • Obtain and evaluate resources and services;
  • Participate as team members with professionals in planning services for their children.

The PEN Project offers:

  • Individual assistance over the phone and in-person to families who have questions about their child’s needs.
  • Workshops for parents and professionals take place on an ongoing basis throughout Texas.
  • Resources such as printed publications and online materials are available on a variety of relevant topics.
The PEN Project serves families of children with disabilities in the Panhandle area.
The PEN Project serves families of children with disabilities in the Panhandle area.

For more information on the day-long event call 806-789-3843 or visit their website.

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