DBHIDS Calendar of Events May 2021

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May 2021

Please join us for the following sessions:

May 2nd – 8th –

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Please join us in a national dialogue about the importance of children's mental health in an effort to raise awareness and end prejudice and discrimination.

Register here.

May 4th –

Advocating at School: Tips for Parents from an Experienced Educational Advocate | PA Parent & Family (          

1:30PM – 2:30 PM EDT (For Parents)

Learn practical tips for advocating for your child's educational needs from an experienced advocate. Audience: Parents of children with IEP's or 504plans or children who are struggling. Hosted PA Parent & Family ( 

May 5th & 6th -

Microsoft Ability Summit

9:00AM – 12:30 PM, PT 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM, ET

TheMicrosoft Ability Summit is a two-day, free digital event experience thatbrings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibilityprofessionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disabilityinclusion and accessibility. 

May 5th -

Building the Ladder - How to Create a Career Path for Successful Recruitment in the Human Services Field.  with Helen Falguera, Partnership for Community Supports and Allison Smale, KenCrest  

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Join us for a guided discussion about creative strategies to engage with potential new hires and how to create opportunities and work cultures that support retention.

‍May 6th

Keystone State & Local Government Tableau Day          

Starting at 9:00 a.m. ending at 12:00 p.m.

Our Agenda:

Please register below:

May 10th -

Healthy Relationships – PA Family Network @ Vision For Equality 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Call: 646 558 8656 US (New York) 
Meeting ID: 810 1100 2081 Passcode: 037047

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16465588656,,81011002081#,,,,*037047# US (New York)

+13017158592,,81011002081#,,,,*037047# US (Washington D.C)

May 11th -

Institute on Disabilities at Temple UniversityCollege of Education and Human Development                        

Hosted by Temple University

Support for you and your young child

Get Ready for the Remix Parent Cafe!

5/11/21 from 4PM to 6PM

Talk and share with other families as we reemerge from Pandemic closures!

Revive and Refresh with us as we explore the protective factors of social connections and Concrete supports


After registering, you will receive a confirmation emailcontaining information about joining the meeting.

May 18th -

Understanding Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Guest: Dr. Ana Radovic

Webinars | PA Parent & Family (

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 361 058 2768

Passcode: 296989

May 20th -

May 20, 2021 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST)

May 21st -

PA ASPE – lunch and learn 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Straight Talk on the ADA for Educators and EmploymentSpecialists with Ann Deschamps from the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

May 24th -

Long Term Planning For Families – PA Family Network @ Vision For Equality

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM 

or Call: 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 810 1100 2081 Passcode: 037047

One tap mobile:

+16465588656,,81011002081#,,,,*037047# US (New York)
+13017158592,,81011002081#,,,,*037047# US (Washington D.C)

May 24th -

PA Family Network

Attendees will learn how to develop an employer-focused approach to negotiating customized job descriptions on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Participants seeking certification are expected to commit approximately 40 hours of fieldwork with/on-behalf of a learning partner under the guidance of Marc Gold & Associates (MGA) over the course of 4 months. This is the pre-requisite training to complete certification through MGA.*Certification in Discovery is a pre-requisite for seeking certification in Job Development.

Time: 9am – 4pm daily


Cost of attendance: $200 for Auditing & $1200 for Certification

*Course materials are included in the cost of attending. There are a limited number of scholarships available for family members of individuals with disabilities and school district personnel seeking to attend thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education.

May 26th & May 11, 2021, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference

Description: The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, invites you to Save the Date and participate in the statewide Everyday Lives Conference.  This year’s conference will be virtual and include collaboration, education, and innovation to celebrate the everyday lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. This year’s Everyday Lives Conference merges the Everyday Lives Conference with the Community of Practice Regional Collaborative Conference, the Technology Summit, and the Dual Diagnosis Conference.

More Information: Click here​ for more information.​

Virtual Group Fitness Chair Exercises with PA Center Adapted Sports

Thursdays at 5:00pm. Please email for more details and registration.

PAFNFamily Forums & Workshops 

Every other Monday at 7:30PM and every Monday afternoon at 12:30PM and Wednesday 6:30PM 

Bi-Weekly Chair Zumba & Chair Yoga      

Every Monday at 7PM and every Thursday at 7PM

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Access Yoga: 

Things to do:

Other Announcements:  

COVID-19Vaccination Information:

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Philadelphia Parent Support Groups (PPSG) Sponsored by Vision For Equality, Inc.

If you are a parent, family member of a person or individual receiving Intellectual disAbility Services in Philadelphia and looking to make a connection in your area, please contact the following:

Philadelphia Parent Support Groups Manager
Barbara Nattile: Direct Number -267-773-5288 

Philadelphia Parent Support Groups
Clerical Assistant Doreatha Davis: Direct Number:  267:702-1600

Philadelphia Parent Support Groups
Administrative Assistant CarolCostello:215-923-3349 ext. 204 

NW Family Support Group
Germantown, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill
Representative:  Verna Edwards -215-301-0436

Heart of the Family
Center City /South Philly Parent Support
Representative: Marjorie Anderson - 267-307-6915 

There’s A Place For Us Support Group
North Philadelphia
Representative: Cleo Dupree – 215-329-5219  

Abrienodo Caminos a los Latinos con Families ”ExceptionalFamilies “ (Latinos Support Group)
Liaison: Marisol Ramos – 267-773-5296

Roxborough Parent Support Group
Representative: Carol Costello – 215-487-1240 

West Philadelphia Parent Support Group
West Philadelphia, Mantua, Overbrook, Southwest Philadelphia, Winfield
Representative: Doreatha Davis- 215-303-3501