Beginning the Journey II

PEN Workshop & Resources

"Give a child an intervention, and they will learn for a day."

"Give a family Early Intervention Services, and the child will learn throughout their lifetime."

FND PEN is hosting a virtual workshop with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida on Wednesday, September 21th, 2022 at 10:30 am on Zoom (Register in advance) and live in the DSACF Facebook group.

Early Intervention is a key step in helping children who have been identified as having developmental delays succeed. But what happens after the 3rd birthday and your child transitions from early steps to the school system?

In this presentation, we will go over step by step what to expect when your child is transitioning out of early steps with an IFSP and into the school system with their first IEP if they qualify.

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Workshop Resources

FND Resources

Soren Richardson -

Soren is the Assistant Program Director for the Parent Education Network, a project under the Family Network on Disabilities (FND). Soren has completed Florida Partners in Policymaking and Pete’s Wrightslaw workshops. Soren has been involved with the public school system and IEPs for over 5 years and enjoys educating parents how to navigate the special education process. Soren lives in Central Florida with her husband and son. Soren was born and raised in Aruba and speaks four languages (English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento).

Parent Education Network

Collectively the PEN Team has over 60 years of experience with all aspects of disability from medical diagnosis, early intervention to school eligibility - IDEA/IEP, inclusion in school & community setting, navigating Transition and Post Secondary options to living independently, and much much more … our goal is to share our experience, strength and hope through informal storytelling of raising our children with a wide range of disabilities & family dynamics.

PEN serves 12 counties from Southeast FL into parts of Central FL, Please call 800-825-5736 if you would like to talk to a Parent trainer.

Florida's Leading Voice for Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF) is committed to offering hope, acceptance, and empowerment to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Through ongoing programs, events, and resources for both members and non-members alike, we're building a loving Central Florida community of awareness through advocacy and education.
Upcoming webinars:

October 19, 2022: Meaningful Inclusion/Access Point

November 16, 2022: IDEA Overview: Eligibility categories

December 21, 2022: Medicaid Workshop

January 18, 2023: Vocational Rehabilitation

February 15, 2023: Understanding your child's Emotional Development

March 15, 2023: Inclusion/ WDSD

April 19: 2023: Autism Awareness Month/Dual Diagnosis

May 17, 2023: The importance of Self Advocacy

June 21, 2023: ADD/ADHD Workshop

Topics may change depending on guest speakers.

Past webinars:

June 21, 2021: Diploma Pathways: Transition Middle/High School

July 20, 2022: All About the Apps

August 17, 2022: Back to School - Know your Resources