Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council
“Where Everyone Belongs”
Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council for:
“Building Your Village”
Presented by Adrienne Szyfransky and O. Sophia Johansson
Wednesday, January 14th, 2014
Location: Andrews Middle School
3000 Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, MA 02155
“Meaningful lives for our children include community, loving relationships, activities that bring joy, contributions, hobbies and work. “Building Your Village” aims to boost parents’ natural talents, identify resources and strengths, connect people who feel isolated, and broaden personal impact to a community-and-beyond level. Discussions will include the medical and educational teams as well as your role as advocate, and how you can assemble the right people around your child. Bring questions and a sense of humor!”
Adrienne Szafranski is a parent of a special needs child, former teacher, and current co-chair of Medford SEPAC. Her advocacy began with her son’s diagnosis at 5, and since entering the special needs community she has worked to fight the isolation of special needs parenting, increase children’s access to education and recreation, and level the playing field for underserved populations. Working with Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC.org), she and Sophia developed the curriculum and seminar “Advocacy Bootcamp”.
Sophia Johansson is the parent of a young child with autism and the parent of an even younger child who began crawling at 4 months. As a former single mom on welfare, she brings an intimate knowledge of building a team and accessing all types of social, medical, and therapeutic services in spite of being penniless. As a married mother of two, she’s still getting used to having co-pays and money with which to pay them. Sophia is passionate about empowering caregivers to navigate health care systems and public assistance programs. Her public speaking endeavors have included Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the State House and the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium.
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 617-699-1962. Registration is not required but is helpful in determining the amount of handouts and material needed for the event.