Workshop shines light on special education system

A local not-for-profit advocacy group for individuals with learning disabilities will host a free workshop for parents to help navigate the special education system.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York and the Parent Network of Western New York will hold the event on Sept. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. at the Niagara Community Center, 530 66th St.

Their goal is to spread awareness about resources available and accessible to local residents.

Additional support will be provided by The Niagara Community Center, Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr., Youth Board Director Sanquin Starks, and Linda Scott of Linda’s Lullaby Daycare.

Scott said the event “will help the Niagara Falls community by enlightening individuals of their rights and waht alternatives are available for their child to receive a quality education.”

The workshop will focus on two distinct groups: parents’ with special needs children who are beginning their education journey and those ready to take the next step in it, whether that be college, living independently or starting a new career. 

Registration for the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 30.

The workshop will also feature an afternoon session for youth ages 14 to 21, where attendees will discuss self-advocacy, and the transition to independent living.

The organizers said children ages four to 13 are welcome to attend, as well, and will be provided supervision while other family members participate in the workshop. Activities include a bounce house, face painting, magician, crafts and other games.

A light breakfast and lunch will also be served. A raffle will award a tablet computer, donated by BakUSA, to one attendee. 

For more information, or to register, call 874-7200, ext. 137, or email

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