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Bullying, other issues to be addressed during Special Needs Summit Oct. 26

Bullying and other issues related to those with special needs will be addressed during the Special Needs Summit hosted by the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU Oct. 26.

The Special Needs Summit is a conference for parents, caregivers, professionals, staff and students who have an interest in the special needs community. Workshops will be offered on such topics as applied behavior analysis, Michelle P. Waiver services, pediatric physical therapy and stress release/self-care.

Dr. Allan Beane, a nationally renowned speaker on stopping and preventing bullying, will deliver the keynote address “Bullying: Stop the Pain and Violence.”

In addition to the workshops and keynote speaker, there will be a CEC Kids’ Talent Show and a Kelly Autism Program college student panel.

The Summit will be at the Knicely Conference Center, 2355 Nashville Road, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $60; $40 for students, and includes breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available for parents to reduce the cost. Continuing education credits will be available for several disciplines.

“The purpose of this event is to educate, establish partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships among members of the special needs community,” Vella Mae Travis, coordinator of the Family Resource Program, said. “Participants will gain information, obtain support and network with others in the special needs community.”

Travis said those attending will gain a better understanding of topics related to individuals with special needs, learn strategies and interventions for use with those with special needs, learn ways to prevent and stop bullying, and gain an understanding of community resources and services available.

The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex is composed of six programs, including the Preston Family Foundation Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program, Communication Disorders Clinic, Vickie and Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Center, Betty and Dr. Page Talley Family Counseling Clinic, Family Resource Program and Kelly Autism Program.

Contact: Vella Mae Travis at (270) 745-2784.

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