FND Overview & Resources

PEN Workshop & Resources

Starting this summer FND PEN will be hosting monthly webinars in collaboration with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. We will cover a wide variety of topics related to special education, advocacy, and self-care.


This month, August 17th, 2022 we will present an FND Overview and Know your Resources workshop. Join us on zoom at 10:30 am (Register in advance) and live in the DSACF Facebook group.


Luz Oquendo, will present an FND overview and review some helpful resources.


FND Overview

Family Network on Disabilities (FND) was founded in 1985 by a group of parents of children with disabilities who came together for mutual support and information-sharing. FND is a grassroots organization for persons with disabilities and their families that is family-centered and family-driven.

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Workshop Resources

FND Resources

Upcoming Webinars 10.30 - 11.30pm

Register in advance on zoom for interactive participation.

Click here to register.


September 21, 2022 - Beginning the Journey 2

October 19, 2022 - Access Point and Meaningful Inclusion

November 16, 2022 - IDEA Overview - Eligibility Categories

December 21, 2022 - Medicaid

January 18, 2023 - TBD

February 15, 2023 - Understanding your child’s emotional development

March 15, 2023 - World Down Syndrome Day

April 19, 2023 - Autism Dual Diagnosis

May 17, 2023 - The importance of Self Advocacy

June 21, 2023 - ADD/ADHD


Past webinars:

June 21, 2022 - Diploma Pathways

July 20, 2022 - All About the Apps

Luz Oquendo - loquendo@fndfl.org

Luz Oquendo is a Parent Training Coordinator at FND. Luz's advocacy journey began over a decade ago when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disorder. She began educating herself on healthcare advocacy and the special education process to support her daughter. She is a proud graduate of the Florida Developmental Disability Council, Partners in Policymaking leadership program. Luz believes in the power of advocacy and is committed to educating and empowering each parent she works with to be their child's best advocate.

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.

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.