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Fiona Patrick, Program Director
Fiona Patrick, Program Director

 

 

On April 26, 2007 supporters of the Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania program     joined together to celebrate 10 years of “Making a Difference” in the lives of families who have children or adults with disabilities or special needs. The day kicked off with Katherine Summers, Legislative Aide for the Hon. Ron Marsico of Dauphin County declaring April 26 as Parent to Parent Day in the state. “What was exciting about this proclamation was that three of the four women who helped start or lent their expertise to the start-up of the program in 1996 were on hand to celebrate with us, stated Fiona Patrick, Program Director. Helen Aldiset, Linda Widman and Marilyn Colosomo each shared how pleased they are that the mission of the program, which is one-on- one support, still addresses a need for many families. Having the opportunity to speak to someone who truly understands your situation can empower a parent to be better prepared to handle their own situation.

There were additional presentations by peer supporters Tammy Rose, Bev Ragan, Margie Austin and Kathy Brill who each shared how they were once supported and have moved to a place that they now support other families with similar conditions or issues as their own. Kathy showed us a Power Point of her family and how together they created an inclusive environment for their daughter in school and the community. Additional peer supporters from across the state were on hand to help us celebrate. It was wonderful to be able to meet peer supporters in person that in the past we have only had the chance to speak with over the phone. We thank them for their continuing loyalty.

Peer Support, Margie Austin
Peer Support, Margie Austin

Nationally known keynote speaker, Jan Moss, from Oklahoma, capped off the day with a message of how to incorporate humor into your life as a means of helping to decrease stress. According to Jan, “Being able to see humor in a situation is an effective technique for coping that is positive. Research tells us that laughter relaxes  muscles, lowers blood pressure and reduces the levels of hormones that create and sustain stress. Of course, if humor is good for the family member/caregiver, is also good for the child with a disability since children develop their humor early on, why not give them the opportunity to self-assist with their own wellbeing. We thank Jan and all other participants who helped make the day a success.

Guests
Guests

On April 26, 2007 supporters of the Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania program joined together to celebrate 10 years of “Making a Difference” in the lives of families who have children or adults with disabilities or special needs. The day kicked off with Katherine Summers, Legislative Aide for the Hon. Ron Marsico of Dauphin County declaring April 26 as Parent to Parent Day in the state. “What was exciting about this proclamation was that three of the four women who helped start or lent their expertise to the start-up of the program in 1996 were on hand to celebrate with us, stated Fiona Patrick, Program Director. Helen Aldiset, Linda Widman and Marilyn Colosomo each shared how pleased they are that the mission of the program, which is one-on- one support, still addresses a need for many families. Having the opportunity to speak to someone who truly understands your situation can empower a parent to be better prepared to handle their own situation.

Peer Supporter, Ellen Yoder
Peer Supporter, Ellen Yoder

There were additional presentations by peer supporters Tammy Rose, Bev Ragan, Margie Austin and Kathy Brill who each shared how they were once supported and have moved to a place that they now support other families with similar conditions or issues as their own. Kathy showed us a Power Point of her family and how together they created an inclusive environment for their daughter in school and the community. Additional peer supporters from across the state were on hand to help us celebrate. It was wonderful to be able to meet peer supporters in person that in the past we have only had the chance to speak with over the phone. We thank them for their continuing loyalty.

Nationally known keynote speaker, Jan Moss, from Oklahoma, capped off the day with a message of how to incorporate humor into your life as a means of helping to decrease stress. According to Jan, “Being able to see humor in a situation is an effective technique for coping that is positive. Research tells us that laughter relaxes  muscles, lowers blood pressure and reduces the levels of hormones that create and sustain stress. Of course, if humor is good for the family member/caregiver, is also good for the child with a disability since children develop their humor early on, why not give them the opportunity to self-assist with their own well being. We thank Jan and all other participants who helped make the day a success.

Fiona

Keynote Speaker; Jan Moss
Keynote Speaker; Jan Moss