Imperial County Office of Education https://www.icoe.org/rss.xml en ICOE's John Lazarcik talks with Small Town News Podcast https://www.icoe.org/news/icoes-john-lazarcik-talks-small-town-news-podcast <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOE&#039;s John Lazarcik talks with Small Town News Podcast</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-12/IMG_6285%20copy.jpg" width="650" height="468" alt="John Lazarcik" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelisticoeorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="todd.evangelist@icoe.org">todd.evangelis…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">John Lazarcik</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>ICOE's Science Guy, John Lazarcik, takes time to chat with Gil Rebollar on the Small Town News Podcast.  With new things on the horizon, Imperial County could be a hotbed for science.</p> <p> </p><iframe id="audio_iframe" src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/depwx-651808?skin=11" width="100%" height="100" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:45:13 +0000 todd.evangelist@icoe.org 351 at https://www.icoe.org ICOE's Keila Rodriguez on Small Town News Podcast https://www.icoe.org/news/icoes-keila-rodriguez-small-town-news-podcast <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOE&#039;s Keila Rodriguez on Small Town News Podcast</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-12/KeilaRodriguez.jpg" width="600" height="413" alt="Keila Rodriguez" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelisticoeorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="todd.evangelist@icoe.org">todd.evangelis…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Keila Rodriguez</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="100" id="audio_iframe" scrolling="no" src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/fgmhy-6549f4" width="100%"></iframe></p> </div> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:21:19 +0000 todd.evangelist@icoe.org 350 at https://www.icoe.org Cattle Call Mini Rodeo held for Imperial County’s Special Needs Children and Adults https://www.icoe.org/news/cattle-call-mini-rodeo-held-imperial-county’s-special-needs-children-and-adults <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cattle Call Mini Rodeo held for Imperial County’s Special Needs Children and Adults</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-11/resize%20%281%20of%201%29-4.jpg" width="240" height="319" alt="Jordan Hurtado - One of the spectators for Cattle Call&#039;s Mini Rodeo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Jordan Hurtado - One of the spectators for Cattle Call&#039;s Mini Rodeo</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Woman on horse" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7bbc013a-9334-43e8-a16c-10e56daf74fa" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/resize%20%281%20of%201%29-5.jpg" class="align-right" /></p> <p>Brawley Cattle Call Arena hosted the 28<sup>th</sup> Annual Mini Rodeo for Special Needs Children and Adults on November 9<sup>th</sup>, 2016. With Cattle Call week hosting a myriad of activities each day, the Mini Rodeo has become one of the largest involving every portion of the county.</p> <p>Campuses from throughout Imperial County sent students with disabilities to provide them with the up-close experience of the rodeo competition.  Classic rodeo events such as barrel racing, team roping, bull riding and others were highlighted for the spectators.</p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:32:46 +0000 rsalgado 347 at https://www.icoe.org Award Winners Celebrated by Migrant Education Program Regional Advisory Council https://www.icoe.org/news/award-winners-celebrated-migrant-education-program-regional-advisory-council <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Award Winners Celebrated by Migrant Education Program Regional Advisory Council</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-11/winners%20square.jpg" width="540" height="589" alt="Migrant Ed. Award Winners" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2016 - 09:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Top left: Maria Carbajal, bottom left: Brenda Torres, top right: Martyn Lizarraga, bottom right: Joe Anaya</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Migrant Education's Regional Advisory Council selected the Regional 2017 migrant parent of the year, the Alumnus of the year, honor student, and the logo of the year on October 12th.</p> <p>Migrant students submitted their logo drawings and parents selected a parent, an alumnus and an honor student to represent them at the 16<sup>th</sup> Annual Parent Conference held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. The winners will also be representing the Migrant Education Program at the 38th Statewide Annual Parent Conference on March 10-12, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.</p> <p>The following will be representing the Migrant Education Program at the 38th Statewide Regional Parent Conference:</p> <p>Parent of the Year: Maria Carbajal from Calexico Unified School District.</p> <p>Alumnus of the Year: Joe Anaya from Brawley Elementary School District.</p> <p>Honor Student of the Year: Martyn Lizarraga, a 12th grade migrant student from Central Union High School.</p> <p>Logo of the Year: Brenda Torres, a 12th grade student from Central Union High School.</p> <p><img alt="Logo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3196e089-524e-4a39-9e6d-acfa94406739" height="269" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Brenda%20Torres%20-%20Logo.jpg" width="182" class="align-left" /></p> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:17:26 +0000 rsalgado 346 at https://www.icoe.org Migrant Ed. on Small Town News https://www.icoe.org/news/migrant-ed-small-town-news <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Migrant Ed. on Small Town News</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-11/amelia-1.jpg" width="320" height="240" alt="Amelia Rosas-Carlos in podcast interview with Gil Rebollar" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/16/2016 - 08:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Amelia Rosas-Carlos in podcast interview with Gil Rebollar</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Recently Amelia Rosas-Carlos, coordinator with ICOE’s Migrant Education sat down with Gil Rebollar, host of Small Town News Podcast, to discuss the Migrant Education Program here in Imperial County.  Over 7,000 students here locally receive services from the Migrant Ed. Program.</p> <p>The Small Town News Podcast is a local endeavor that was started by Gil Rebollar.  Upcoming interviews are scheduled with ICOE’s John Lazarcik who discusses the major changes to California’s science curriculum and the Principal at ICOE’s Alternative Education program here in Imperial County which services students who have had difficulties in traditional school systems.</p> <p>Listen to the <a href="http://gilrebollar.podbean.com/e/episode-74-amelia-rosas-carlos-migrant-education-program-academic-and-health-support-services-supervisor/?token=7f491606862daca1e53cf2da0b3d0e3f">Small Town News Podcast episode here.</a></p> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:58:44 +0000 rsalgado 345 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections November 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-november-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections November 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-11/Thumbnail_Kinsey.PNG" width="370" height="250" alt="Shirley Kinsey and Training Participants" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmezaicoeorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza@icoe.org</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/14/2016 - 14:41</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">On October 26, ICOE welcomed Khalil, Shirley, and Bernard Kinsey to the Imperial Palms Resort. Over 100 teachers from across Imperial County met and discussed the relevance of Primary Sources. </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"> <h2><a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLbUMzY2RPNzJXRTg">Click here for our November 2016</a><a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLLWVyLVNEUkkwZW8" target="true"><span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a> community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication.</h2> <p>The Imperial County Office of Education hosted a community event to showcase The Kinsey African-American Art and History Collection on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.</p> <p>Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLbUMzY2RPNzJXRTg">Click here</a>)</p> <ul><li>Kinsey Collection Reception and Training on October 25-26</li> <li>Kinsey Collection Unit/Lesson Plans</li> <li>Community Announcements</li> <li>Curriculum and Instruction Updates</li> <li>ICOE Infant-Toddler Program</li> <li>CASBO Training</li> <li>Garden Kick-Off at Little Roadrunners Preschool</li> <li>Alternative Education Updates, including the HOSA Fundraiser</li> <li><em>Las Primeras Award</em></li> <li><em>Migrant Education Program Updates</em></li> <li>Student Well-Being Department Updates, including the AmeriCorps swearing-in ceremony, the Foster and Homeless Youth Programs and Services, and the Bullying and School Violence Advocacy Grant.</li> <li>Imperial County Counselors' Roundtable</li> </ul></div> </div> </div> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:41:08 +0000 mmeza@icoe.org 344 at https://www.icoe.org ICOE AltEd Senior Director to be Honored by MANA https://www.icoe.org/news/icoe-alted-senior-director-be-honored-mana <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOE AltEd Senior Director to be Honored by MANA</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-10/mona-resize-v2.jpg" width="300" height="450" alt="Monalisa G. Vitela" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:07</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">MANA de Imperial Valley 2016 Las Primeras Honorees will be Recognized at Yearly Awards Gala </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>MANA de Imperial Valley, a National Latina Organization will recognize three honorees during the 2016 Las Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser in Imperial Valley.  Each year MANA de Imperial Valley honors Latina women from Imperial County who embody the values and philosophy of the organization of empowering Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy. The honorees are nominated by community members. </p> <p>This year, MANA de Imperial Valley will be honoring Mercy Diana Valenzuela a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife from Pioneers Memorial Hospital; Norma Villicaña, Community Development Director for the City of El Centro; and Monalisa Vitela the Senior Director at Imperial County Office of Education – Alternative Education.</p> <p>The honorees will be recognized at the Las Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, October 21, 2016. The event will be held at the Old Eucalyptus School House in El Centro at 6:30 pm.  The cost per attendee is a $50.00 donation.  </p> <p>Monalisa G. Vitela is Senior Director at Imperial County Office of Education – Alternative Education, a position she has held since 2007.  She is the first Latina to serve in this position for the program. Monalisa grew up in Imperial County and attended local schools in El Centro.  She is a graduate of Imperial Valley College where she received her Associates Degree in Behavioral Science and then continued to San Diego State University where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies.  She has a M.A., Ed. Administration Credential and a M.A. in Counseling with a PPS Credential from the University of Redlands. Monalisa started her career in the early 1990s as a Juvenile Officer with the Imperial County Probation Department and then moved on to Alternative Education where she has grown professionally.  She is well known for her work and establishing effective partnerships with the Imperial County Probation Department, Department of Social Services and Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP).  Monalisa is committed to working with at-risk youth in the system as demonstrated by her contributions to youth that go far beyond her professional duties and beyond Imperial County.  She is the past Chair for the Juvenile Court, Community, and Alternative School Administrators of California.  Monalisa was the first and only Latina to have served in that position in forty-seven years.  For the past two years she has served in the Annual “<em>Giving Flight to Your Success/Dandole Alas a Tu Exito</em>, Lanzate! Travel Award Program sponsored by Southwest Airlines and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).  The program awards round-trip passes to undergraduates and graduates and/or their families to travel to/from college/university.  Monalisa is highly regarded by leaders throughout the State of California due to her knowledge and expertise.  Monalisa was nominated for the Las Primeras Award due to her contributions to the field of Court and Community Schools for over 23 years and her commitment to serving the community, youth, and exemplary approach to the Latina community.  Monalisa is married to Marco Antonio Vitela and is mom to Christian Joshua, Alyssa Marie, and Marc Anthony. </p> </div> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:07:35 +0000 rsalgado 334 at https://www.icoe.org Where Art and History Intersect https://www.icoe.org/news/where-art-and-history-intersect <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Where Art and History Intersect</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelisticoeorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="todd.evangelist@icoe.org">todd.evangelis…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Where Art and History Intersect</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <p>We want to invite you to join our community on October 25<sup>th</sup> at 6:00 pm for a no cost event at the Jimmie Cannon Theater.  Be prepared for an inspiring evening with former Xerox Vice President, Bernard Kinsey. You are invited to learn how The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection brings new understanding to the untold story of many of our country’s citizens.  Learn more about The Kinsey Collection, an exhibit amassed by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey containing authentic artifacts, documents, books, letters, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the African American experience from 1595 to modern day. This collection is a labor of love for the Kinsey family, and they want to share its story of connection to American History and art with our community. </p> <p>Please encourage folks to attend…they will not be disappointed. It would be appropriate for parents, community members, and mature students.  Here is some information on them and their work: <a href="http://www.thekinseycollection.com/">http://www.thekinseycollection.com</a></p> <p>Following the evening of inspiration, join us on October 26<sup>th</sup> at the Barbara Worth Country Club for a morning of learning with our Imperial County <strong>Superintendents, district and site leaders, principals, teachers, and counselors.  </strong>We will learn how The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection can bring new understanding to the issues of equity and access facing our students and open up a history that is untold in textbooks, often referred to as a “Myth of Absence”.  The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch and the <u>Kinsey Collection Book</u>.  Those who wish to sign up for the October 26<sup>th</sup> learning session can sign up on <a href="http://icoe.k12oms.org/">http://icoe.k12oms.org/</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <div> <p><strong>Dorene A. Johnson</strong><br /><strong>Senior Director of Curriculum</strong></p> <p><img alt="image001.png" border="0" id="_x0000_i1027" src="cid:image001.png@01D22865.5C61FFE0" /></p> <p><strong>  1398 Sperber Road</strong><br /><strong>  El Centro, CA 92243</strong><br /><strong>  760-312-6556 phone</strong><br /><strong>  <u><a href="mailto:djohnson@ic">djohnson@ic</a></u></strong><strong><a href="mailto:mgutierrez@icoe.org">oe.org</a></strong></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://youtu.be/rjTibtnycdI</div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:06:08 +0000 todd.evangelist@icoe.org 333 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections October 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-october-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections October 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-10/SDSU_Thumb_square.PNG" width="319" height="295" alt="SDSU Class Visits ICOE" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmezaicoeorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza@icoe.org</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/10/2016 - 14:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">On October 6th, SDSU students visited ICOE and met with Dr. Todd Finnell, County Superintendent of Schools, and Dorene Johnson, Senior Director of Curriculum, as part of San Diego State University’s Teacher Education 303 “The Teaching Profession: First Clinical Experiences” class.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"> <h2><a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLLWVyLVNEUkkwZW8" target="true">Click here for our October 2016<span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a> community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication.</h2> <p>The Imperial County Office of Education is hosting a community event to showcase The Kinsey African-American Art and History Collection on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm.</p> <p>Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLLWVyLVNEUkkwZW8">Click here</a>)</p> <ul><li>Upcoming events, including the Kinsey Collection Reception on October 25</li> <li>ICOE's Nominee for CDE's Teacher of the Year 2016</li> <li>Higher Education Week I</li> <li>Curriculum and Instruction Updates</li> <li>Save the Date for the 6th Annual English Language Learner Institute on January 18-19, 2017</li> <li>ICOE's New Senior Director for Human Resources</li> <li>Mexican Independence Day</li> <li>El Centro Early Head Start Painting Event</li> <li>Alternative Education Updates, including the Del Rio Academy CTE Landscaping Class and CTE Field Trip</li> <li>Monalisa Vitela Receives <em>Las Primeras Award</em></li> <li>Dr. Kofford Receives <em>Ohtli Award</em></li> <li>Migrant Education Program Updates</li> <li>Red Ribbon Week</li> <li>Marriage and Family Therapy Internship Opportunity</li> <li>National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month</li> <li>SDSU Class Visit</li> </ul></div> </div> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:46:37 +0000 mmeza@icoe.org 322 at https://www.icoe.org Parents with special needs kids empowered by conference cohorts https://www.icoe.org/news/parents-special-needs-kids-empowered-conference-cohorts <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Parents with special needs kids empowered by conference cohorts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-10/10-2-2016.jpg" width="600" height="395" alt="FROM RIGHT: Elvia Cortes, mental health professional, with Family Mental Health (FINE Inc.), keynote speaker at the third annual Parent Conference at Waggoner Elementary School in Imperial on Saturday aimed to help parents of developmentally disabled children work their way through the web of resources that helps them succeed in life." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/04/2016 - 14:04</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">FROM RIGHT: Elvia Cortes, mental health professional, with Family Mental Health (FINE Inc.), keynote speaker at the third annual Parent Conference at Waggoner Elementary School in Imperial on Saturday aimed to help parents of developmentally disabled children work their way through the web of resources that helps them succeed in life. WILLIAM ROLLER PHOTO</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>IMPERIAL — Parents learned the joy of navigating the journey to engage with children who have developmental disabilities by plotting through the system of services to raise a child with special needs more effectively.</p> <p>Imperial Valley’s third annual Parent Conference consisted of workshops and even musical performances by special needs children at the T.L. Waggoner School on Saturday. The program welcomed 60 individuals and 25 service agency information tables and noted Debbie Marshall, community program specialist of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.<br /> “We want parents to connect with resources while taking care of themselves and other members of the family so their special needs child gets what they need,” said Marshall.</p> <p>The conference addressed parents of children with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and epilepsy.</p> <p>In welcoming remarks, Adriana Cazares, social work counselor with San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services Inc., began with a story of her own life, as a 19-year old mother of a special needs child she was told by a doctor she was ignorant. It was a hurtful and frightening accusation.<br /> “But thanks to that word I became motivated wanted to make a change,” said Cazares. “But by you being here, that is one step to demolishing ignorance. Get educated, and learn to navigate the system.”<br /> Keynote speaker Elvia Cortes, a mental health professional with Family Mental Health (FINE Inc.) told of her experience of adopting a prematurely born infant who was extremely small and required extra care. At four years old her daughter, though still fragile, is more active and bonded well with her adoptive parents.<br /> “Parents must take time to care for their own health, control their own emotions that can impact the entire household, in order to help their child to thrive,” she said.</p> <p>A workshop on bullying prevention was led by Luisamaria Fuentes of the Team of Advocates for Special Kids. Bullying is much more complex than just physical violence but can include verbal abuse, gossip, cyberbullying or sexual innuendo. Bullies can be anyone and their targets have no typical profile.<br /> “Help your child recognize the signs and be supportive,” said Fuentes. “Explore options for intervention strategies that can be implemented at school with follow-up to resolve issues.”</p> <p>Jazmin Reyes’ sixth-grade son Julien has ADHD and is receiving special-needs attention. He is well-integrated with the other children but still subjected to bullying.<br /> “In Imperial County most of the programs are for low-income but for the middle-class it’s very expensive and without support groups that can provide for my son’s special needs,” confided Reyes. “But today I already learned about other programs like SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). I’ll be going to them soon. I am my child’s biggest advocate.”</p> <p>SELPA, one of the two dozen agencies invited to be table visitors, is managed by Kurt Leptich, senior director. Leptich noted, one of the things SELPA supports is putting the child ahead of the disease so they are never defined by their affliction. “It’s all about instilling dignity in the child,” said Leptich. “And what results is the child becomes more included in activities.”</p> <p>Staff Writer William Roller can be reached at <a href="mailto:wroller@ivpressonline.com">wroller@ivpressonline.com</a> or 760-337-3452.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/parents-with-special-needs-kids-empowered-by-conference-of-cohorts/article_b5452cda-886a-11e6-a872-3f1d0051289f.html?_dc=5858099902.847025">IV Press Article</a></p> </div> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:04:49 +0000 rsalgado 312 at https://www.icoe.org