Join The Arc for our upcoming April HealthMeet webinars

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Practice Without Pressure

Wednesday, April 3rd – 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Practice Without Pressure (PWP) is an organization built to help individuals with intellectual disabilities learn step-by-step the procedures and common instruments used during routine doctor/dentist visits to help reduce stress and anxiety and make receiving healthcare easier for everyone. The founder and CEO, Deborah Jastrebski, is a mother of a child with Down Syndrome who underwent so many procedures/surgeries that going to the doctor became a terrifying experience for both of them. Many appointments resulted in her son having to be sedated or restrained to a papoose board just to get through it. Deb created PWP as an alternative to help her family and others in similar situations work through the angst of regular check-ups. PWP is a Delaware non-profit that empowers individuals with the confidence and tools necessary to overcome their fears and receive the medical, dental and personal care they need within a non-threatening environment. Please join in hearing Deb tell more about this one of a kind organization and the concepts and techniques involved that make it so successful.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 17th from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST
Speaker: Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, MHS, LCADC – Vice President and Spokesperson, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is a charity non-profit organization in their twenty-fourth year of operations. NOFAS is the leading voice on issues of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and is committed to both prevention of FASD and creating a society that supports individuals living with the disorders. The presenter, Kathleen Mitchell, has been with NOFAS since the inception of the organization, and is a parent of an adult daughter with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). She will provide an overview about FASD through the lifespan. She will address both FASD prevention and treatment. Ms. Mitchell will review NOFAS prevention campaigns, including the clearinghouse, school and youth FASD prevention programs and birth mother initiatives. She will describe four interventions for individuals with FASD currently being researched (with CDC support). She will review resources and support for individuals and their families and investigate ways in which Arc Chapters, the NOFAS Affiliate Network, the Friends of NOFAS and FASD family support groups can network and partner to create local systems of care for individuals with FASD.

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Improving Outcomes and Quality of Life for Adults with Autism

Wednesday, April 24th from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST
Speakers: Leslie Long & Dave Kearon
There are many quality indicators that can impact the lives of adults on the autism spectrum. Recent studies have outlined the lack of appropriate outcomes for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) once they leave their educational entitlement and enter adult services, particularly several years out. This webinar will review the literature on current outcomes for adults with ASD and what are the factors that contribute to good quality of life. Our speakers, Leslie Long and Dave Kearon will review several domains that will help impact individuals overall daily lifestyles include employment, housing and residential support, post-secondary education and community life.

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