Family Focus Conference – October 21-23, 2016

Spectrum is one of the Host Agencies for the Family Focus conference in October 2016. Share this info and the link to the conference website.  There are lots of great sessions for families, self-advocates and supporters (staff, shared living contractors, volunteers).


Greetings from Family Focus Society

Family Focus has always been a conference “for families by families”. Families face many similar issues when advocating on behalf of their children, and over the years, thousands of families have attended to learn, share ideas and experiences, and connect with one another for support and strength.

We have a long history – nearly 30 years – of providing inspiration, information, and support to families who have sons and daughters with a disability. This year’s event, taking place in Richmond October 21 to 23, marks my 11th conference.

The theme, The Value of One; The Power Of Many, speaks to family advocacy and leadership. Angela Clancy and I, Co-chairs of the Family Focus Conference, would like to invite families, individuals, and professionals to join us for this amazing event and be part of something awesome.

My own family was deeply impacted by attending the 1988 conference when our daughter was barely two years old. When we arrived, we had no idea what the future could hold for Bree-Anna. Could she go to a regular school? Would she have a good life? We had so many questions! We left three days later with a clear vision of what we wanted for her, and a good idea of how to achieve that vision successfully.

The Conference Committee is excited about this year’s program. Our objective, through the variety of sessions offered, is to provide information, resources, and support. We look forward to meeting you and hearing how you are impacted by what you learn and the connections you make.

Please watch our website for updates about our session topics and presenters. The variety of engaging topics will be of interest to families of all ages. Bring along a friend so you can share the experience and inspire each other to achieve your goals and dreams.

See you soon!

Terry Robertson,
Co-chair, 2016 Family Focus Conference

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