Community Learns About Resources for Special Needs Children
Lorain County held its first special needs resource day event on Tuesday, April 28. The free event was open to all in the community and took place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Deluca’s Place in the Park.
The goal of the day was to raise awareness and connect families and professionals in Lorain County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities, such as ADHD, autism or other developmental and learning delays. Families often experience additional emotional and financial stress caring for special needs children.
The event was designed to provide families with special needs children the opportunity to share experiences and learn about the resources that Lorain County has available to support their children.
Prior to the community event, care providers were invited to a professional conference. The goal of the professional conference was to facilitate an interactive environment in which care providers discussed local issues that impact their work and care to Lorain County’s special needs’ children.
The Lorain County Special Needs Resource Day is organized by Leadership Lorain County’s Class of 2015. As part of the class experience, projects are undertaken that focus the energy of the class members on solving a community problem or contributing to the community infrastructure.
“Leadership Lorain County has a long tradition of service and helping the Lorain County community. The Lorain County Special Needs Resource Day is another example of members identifying a need and leading a solution,” says Beth Maiden, President and Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Lorain County.
The event is spearheaded by Matthew Klein, member of the Leadership Lorain Class of 2015. Having a special needs child, Mr. Klein has first hand experience of the resources available to families in Lorain County. “Raising a special needs child can be such an overwhelming experience. Oftentimes, you don’t even know where to begin. We wanted to have an opportunity for parents to come and learn just how many resources are out there in your own neighborhood.”