If you would like to host an event or schedule a training, contact us at info@alabamarespite.org.



Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

United Cerebral Palsy’s Summer Camp 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Come enjoy a FUN summer and make lots of new friends at the UCP Summer Camp

What: 6-week Summer Camp Program for students with disabilities ages 14-21. Prospective campers will be screened by UCP staff.  Campers cannot exhibit aggressive behavior and any behaviors must be considered manageable by UCP Director.  Campers will also be screened by our nursing staff to consider personal care and other medical needs.

When: Mondays- Fridays from 8:30AM-4:00PM starting Monday, June 16th  and ending Friday, July 25th. Extra charges will apply if campers are picked up later than 4:00. Camp will be closed on Thursday July 3rd and Friday July 4th due to the Independence Day Holiday.

Where:  Shades Crest Baptist Church

Transportation:  UCP does not offer transportation to and from camp. Public transportation may be available, but at extra cost to the family. Contact public transportation (MAX or ClasTran) for information.  Carpooling is suggested for families as well.

Cost: $1000 for 6 weeks.  Payments can be made in the following forms: Cash, Check (Payable to UCP and include driver’s license number on check), Money Order, any Credit Card.

Payment Options:

1.      Pay in full on or before Monday, June 16th (first day of camp.)

2.      Pay in two payments. First payment of $500 due on or before Monday, June 16th  , second payment of $500 due on or before Monday, July 7th

Lunch: Each Camper will need to bring their lunch each day.   Please send lunches that do not have to be heated.

Interested? Please email Mary Roth at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a message at 943-5219 to get an application and schedule a screening.

 
Camp JAWS summer camp has openings! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Kelly Sorrells ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Please check out our Camp JAWS flyer about a GREAT opportunity for any youth, age 6-12 (Beginner JAWS) or 13-19 (Advanced JAWS), with a physical disability including, but not limited to, spinal cord injury, amputation, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ataxia, etc. to participate in Camp JAWS this summer! They have a few openings so act QUICKLY!

 
Retreat for moms, grandmothers and female caregivers of individuals with special needs PDF Print E-mail

The By the Brook 2014 Retreat is just around the corner on June 20-21 at Life Church in Cookeville, TN. By the Brook is an amazing weekend of pampering, hope and encouragement designed just for moms, grandmothers and female caregivers of individuals with special needs.

This year's retreat will be bigger and better than ever! We are expecting a record crowd this year so register soon to reserve your spot! There are group rates available. Please contact April Phillips, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

For more information, please watch this video from last year's retreat By the Brook 2013, visit the Rising Above website or click here for an event brochure.

 
Independence Day! Free Summer Workshop Series! For Parents & Youth/Young Adults! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of Tammy Moore, Children's Rehabilitation Services ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

I would like to invite parents and youth/young adults with disabilities to join us for three workshops that I really believe will help us on the road to independence!  We will meet 3 times this summer.

  • June 5, 2014 from 1:00pm-3pm
  • July 1, 2014 from 1:00pm-3pm
  • TBD

Parents will have a speaker and meeting space of their own and youth/young adults with have a speaker and meeting space of their own.  The point is that everyone leaves with tips, tricks, resources and knowledge that will help them, in the role of a parent or as the youth/young adult themselves, pave the road to independence.

Check out our flyer for details and register as soon as possible. If you are a teacher, please make copies of the attached flyer and give it to your students to take home.  If you represent and agency/organization that works with families please let your families know by giving them flyers, posting it on your bulletin boards, forwarding this email…whatever works!

 

 
Caregiver College PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of Delia Sanchez, LGSW, AL Cares Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

 

Caregiver College

 

Enhance your skills and knowledge of caring for

a loved one during this FREE two-day course June 10-11 2014

sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging

 

Click here for the Caregiver College Event Brochure

click here for a Caregiver College Event Flyer

 
Aging with Perfection-Striving for Balance PDF Print E-mail

Successful Aging Initiative

The Beautiful Venus Woman… Aging with Perfection-Striving for Balance.

 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

10-1pm

Harrison Wellness Center

 

For more details, please click here for an event flyer!

 
AIACC is accepting applications! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Anna McConnell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



The Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (AIACC) is accepting applications for the following five positions:

1 Adult (age 19 or older) with Autism Spectrum Disorder

1 Parent/Guardian of a Child (age 18 or younger) with Autism Spectrum Disorder

2 Service Providers

1 Health Insurance Representative



Applications are due July 14, 2014.  The AIACC Membership Application is available on the AIACC homepage.

 
Active Video Game Study at Lakeshore Foundation PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Lori Theriot ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 
Summer Camp: Art of Girl-Building PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A great week full of fun, art-making, self-exploration, games, discussion and reflection, surprises and unlimited creative expression.

 

The theme for this summer,

 

M y T r u e C o l o r s

 

is the springboard for unique projects -

as small as a postage stamp and as large as...well, will it fit through the doorway?

July 14-18 2014

The studio is full of treasures & supplies, hand & power tools, and

limitless inspiration and ideas for designing "outside the box" projects,

building wood, wire, found-object or soft sculptures,

creating color collage, mobiles, handmade bound books,

portrait puzzles, poetry, paintings, and pocket pillows......

just to name a few.

 

The Art of Girl-Building Summer Camp Flyer

 
Family Support Group PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Gwen Brown ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND…

The Living and Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Inclusive Family Social & Support Group

Want to connect with families who understand how challenging it is to not be included due to having a disABILITY? Want a social outlet just like everybody else? Then this meeting is one that you do not want to miss.

We are cordially inviting you to attend to find out more!

ALL ages are invited to attend!

Refreshments will be provided.

Date: June 10, 2014    Time: 10-11 a.m.

Location: Albert L. Scott Library (100 9th St NW, Alabaster, AL 35007)

Please RSVP

For more information: Contact Gwendolyn Brown (Disability Rights and Resources) at 685-0570 or email Susan Spann at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Complex Child: Respiratory Issues & Medical Marijuana - May Edition PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Complex Child ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Our May edition is our annual Respiratory Issues edition in conjunction with Trach Awareness Week (May 18-24, 2014). We also have a great article on Medical Marijuana as our feature this month. To view the entire issue, visit www.ComplexChild.com.

 
Caregive Conference on Alzheimer's in Alabama PDF Print E-mail
 
"Raising the Standards" a statewide conference for families of children with disabilities, educators, and professionals working with families PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Alabama Parent Education Center ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

AL PTI Annual Conference

Raising the Standards

Improving Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

Friday June 6, 2014

Alabama Parent Education Center's PTI project is hosting a statewide conference for families of children with disabilities, educators, and professionals working with families.

Improving Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

Parents and Teachers Together; Raising the Standards

June 6, 2014

Registration 8:30 am Sessions begin at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Conference sessions are designed to give participants increased knowledge and understanding of:

1.  Alabama's Special Education System and Services

2.  Bullying: Why Children with Disabilities are At Risk and What Can Be Done

3.  Abuse and Neglect:  Why Children with Disabilities are At Risk and Tools to Help Keep Children Safe Throughout Their Lives

Sessions will be live in Montgomery and transmitted live via video conferencing at 2 Alabama locations:

1.  Alabama Public Library Service, Tallapoosa Conference Room, Montgomery AL  (Live)

2.  Mobile County Board of Education, Board Room (Video Conferencing)

3.  Madison City Schools Central Office, Board Room (Video Conferencing)

Pre-Registration is Required.  Seating is limited at each satellite site and parents will be given first priority on site preference based on availability.  Registration deadline is June 2, 2014.  To register now online please click on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014RaisingtheStandardsConference

Registration confirmations will be sent early June.  Thank you.

If you have questions or would like additional information please contact our center at 334-567-2252 or 866-532-7660.

Other Training Opportunities Around the State: For a complete listing of all of our workshops and trainings around the state please visit our online calendar at:

http://alabamaparentcenter.com/calendar/index.php

If you are interested in setting up a training or workshop in your local community please contact our center and our staff will be happy to customize a training to meet your groups needs.

Alabama Parent Education Center

Click To Visit Our Website.

 
EI Update Conference for Families & Providers PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Tania Baldwin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The 13th ANNUAL EARLY INTERVENTION UPDATE is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CEU's have been applied for Social Workers, OT's, Audiologists, Speech Pathologists and CRC at no cost Also, CEU's are applied for Nurses (Lic. # required), Teachers, and other professionals through AUM Continuing Education for an additional $15.00

PLEASE see flier for sessions and registration form

TOPICS:

Behavior Issues, Self-Concept and Intellectual Development Childhood Neurology Feeding and Swallowing Interventions First Conversations with Families Team Communication Using Play to Enhance Brain Development Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics Attachment and Bonding Spina Bifida Autism

 
Position Available PDF Print E-mail

Madison County Sharing the Care Coordinator

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® has a part time opening for a Respite Grant Coordinator for North Alabama. Qualifications include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social work, family services, or a related field of study, knowledge about community resources and experience with Microsoft products and databases. Nonprofit management, supervisory experience, and knowledge about respite services preferred. Other prerequisites include an ability to work flexible hours, reliable transportation, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with public agencies, service providers, policy makers and the community at-large. Must demonstrate strong organizational skills and exhibit the ability to manage teams of professionals, paraprofessionals, and caregivers.

Please send resume, salary requirements, and three work references to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Statewide Camps, Recreational & Summer Programs PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of Tammy Moore, Parent Consultant for Children's Rehabilitation Service (www.rehab.alabama.gov)

There are several camps, recreational and summer programs being held around the state for children and young adults of all abilities. Please take a moment to read more about these great opportunities and act fast! These programs tend to fill up quickly!

Read more...
 
Precious Presents PDF Print E-mail

Shelby County Caregiver Support Group is co-sponsoring with Sunshine Manor Adult Day Care and the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging to host "Precious Presents", a presentation of unique caregiving tips, on June 4 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm at the Women's Center in Shelby Baptist Medical Center.  If a caregiver’s loved one meets eligibility requirements, they will receive activities at the Adult Day Care while the caregiver attends the support group and takes a much needed break.

Please click here for more details!

 
Educational and Behavioral Services at The Don Orione Center (The DOC) PDF Print E-mail

The Don Orione Center, www.thedocalabama.com, is a place where children and families can receive educational and behavioral support and services.  The available services include: Social skills teaching in an individual or group setting, In-Home services, Advocacy work to include meeting preparation and attendance, IEP review and recommendations, tutoring, home-school curriculum consultation, educational consultation, and behavioral consultation. The DOC is a unique setting where social skills building can be accomplished through teaching, hands-on activities, group projects, activities, and practice in a home-office setting. Travel can be arranged to provide in home services as well as group trainings, program development, and consultation.

Contact Victoria (Tori) Locks MA, EdS by email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 205-405-8555.

 
Children's Harbor Transition Workshop PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Janice Crow,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is a FREE Transition Workshop on May 10th fronm 9am - 1pm, in the Children's Harbor Building 
(at Children's Hospital). This is free to teens and their families, and lunch will be provided.

Click here for an event flyer/registration form and the schedule of events!

 
Parent Grassroots Meeting (Life After High School) PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Gwen Brown.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We would like to invite you all to attend the THIRD Parent Grassroots Meeting that will be held as follows:

Location: Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena, AL

Date: May 9, 2014

Time: 10:15am-12:15pm

If you have come across any articles that may be of help to our cause, please bring them.

If you know of any organizations that we can reach out to and have not, please bring the names with you as well.

Our focus is, "Life After High School"... a concern that has gone un-addressed far too long. By us working together as a village, we can work towards some answers for our children who have disABILITIES.

Please invite others to participate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gwen Brown at 205-685-0570 or Susan Ellis of People First of Alabama at 205-422-5006.

Thank you all!

 
Swim Classes PDF Print E-mail

Susan's Swim School specializes in teaching special needs children to swim. Here are some details:
All private lessons are for 5 days (except for July 4thweek) in a row, Monday - Friday at a private pool in Vestavia near Mark's Outdoors.  Lessons comprise of 25 minutes of water time and 5 minutes of "talk to mommy" time.  Make up lessons are held on Saturday mornings.  The cost for the week is $150.  Social story and details of where the pool is located is sent out when lessons are confirmed.

Late morning classes are recommended for younger children because the pool is NOT heated.  Late June and July lessons work BEST.

Please contact Susan with any questions at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 915-8009.

 
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