Advocacy & Advisory
Partnership and Support
The Family Support Advisory Council for PathWays of the River Valley & Parent Information Center Presents:
The IEP Organizer
WHEN: Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: PathWays Office, 654 Main Street, Claremont, NH
When parents have well-organized school records, including evaluations, IEPs, work samples and information from their child’s doctor or specialists, they are able to use that information to participate more effectively and confidently in meetings of the IEP team. This workshop provides participants with materials, strategies and a tool they can use to organize their child’s records. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their child’s school records to the workshop. Pre-registration is required. call PIC at 603-224-7005 or email your name, email, phone, date and name of workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any special accommodations please let us know when you register. Refreshments will be served.
The Upbeat Group and the Upper Valley Neighbors are self-advocacy groups that meet monthly. Self advocates discuss common goals and work with PathWays on special projects that impact individuals receiving supports throughout the region. View Calendar
What is individual or self advocacy?
Individual-advocacy literally means to advocate for oneself or another person. Advocacy means to speak out or argue for a cause. So an individual-advocate speaks out for a cause they feel is important in the life of a person with a disability and the lives of people with disabilities in general.
The Family Support Advisory Council of PathWays of the River Valley
Who are we?
The FSAC is an advisory body to PathWays, the region’s designated Developmental Services agency. The Council is made up of family members or individuals with developmental disabilities or Acquired Brain Disorders.
What do we do?
The purpose of the FSAC is to promote and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and to act in an advisory capacity to PathWays serving those individuals and their families. We seek to advocate for the needs of families both locally and at the state level.
- Helps families who share some of the same challenges as they do
- Helps families advocate for their child(ren)
- Helps to build bridges
- Provides information and referral to local resources
- Brainstorms Ideas
- Assists with financial support for parents to attend trainings (as funding allows)
- Provides financial support and implementation of Holiday Baskets & Holiday Giving (as funding allows)
- Represents needs of families to the area agency Board of Directors
- Offers family trainings
- Offers recreational activities such as family bowling and apple picking (as funding allows)
- Contracts with the Special Needs Support Center to provide educational, social and recreational activities (as funding allows)
- Supports “Respitality”, an affordable weekend getaway for caregivers
- Provides financial assistance for Families to attend the NH annual family support conference (as funding allows)
- Oversees Respite supports
- Oversees discretionary funds –respite, environmental modifications, recreational programs, and emergency assistance such as car repairs or heating assistance (as funding allows)
What are Family Support Advisory Chapters? The Council has two chapters –one in lower Grafton County supporting the towns of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Orange, Orford, Plainfield, and one in Sullivan County supporting the towns of Acworth, Charlestown, Cornish, Croydon, Goshen, Grantham, Langdon, Lempster, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, and Washington. Both chapters meet together monthly to plan recreational, educational events for families, and to oversee local family support funds.
How can you get involved?
We welcome new members. For more information, please contact your Family Service Coordinator. The Council currently meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Meetings are held in our Claremont and Lebanon locations with videoconferencing available. The Chapters met between meetings to work on special projects as needed. Everyone is always welcome, but please call ahead to be informed of any last minutes changes in time or location.