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Letter: Learn about resources at meeting

5:25 PM, Apr. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: How do we know what's out there? Who are our connections?

Please join us from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Marshfield Public Library for a panel presentation to discuss supports and services available to people with disabilities needing long-term supports after the age of 17.

The below panel will share who they are and what they offer:

? Sharon Davisson (Aging & Disability Resource Center): What do families need to take with them for the intake process?

? Brian Bradley with Community Care of Central Wisconsin: Goal and role of resource coordinator and health and wellness specialist.

? Starr Burke with "IRIS," Include, Respect, I Self-Direct: Wisconsin's Self-Directed Support Program for older people and adults with disabilities who qualify.

? Marlene Pohl with Midstate Independent Living Consultants.

? Kate Norby: Understanding SDS (Self-Directed Supports) and the possibilities.

? Connie Jaocobson: Transportation coordinator, Wood County Transportation.

The whole program will be followed by an open discussion and questions. Let's connect individuals and the people who support those individuals with long-term supports needs, with information, resources and "people" who can work with them for the best "outcomes" achievable to live, work, contribute and play in the communities that are "home" to them.

The hope of this meeting is to build forward with more individualized speaking opportunities in a "community discussion" format to not only learn more, but brainstorm on what can be available and how we can "pull it together" and make it happen. For more information, call 715-423-7182.

Pam Ironside

Wisconsin Rapids

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