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Thursday March 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM MDT
Saturday March 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM MDT

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Preconference                                        Wednesday, March 20, 2013                        Special Education Law & Advocacy featuring Pete Wright

Information and Registration for the pre-conference is available at www.epicsproject.org/fla

EPICS 3rd Annual Pow-Wow will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013  from 2pm – 11pm.

Contact Ronalda Warito-Tome for information: 505-767-6630  ronwartome@hotmail.com


Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort 
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506 

We have reserved a block of rooms at a special rate of $83 per night plus tax (12%).  To receive this special rate, please call 505-455-5555 or 1-800-445-8667 and request the EPICS room rate. You may also make your reservation online by clicking HERE.  The hotel cut off date is February 26, 2013 or until the room block is full.

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Melissa G. Rael, Conference Planner 

2013 Family Leadership Conference 

Weaving the Strands of Collaboration

The 2013 Family Leadership Conference will merge the two statewide conferences that the Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) and Parents Reaching Out to Help, Inc. (PRO) have hosted separately in the past.  The conference will help families improve their advocacy skills so they can impact the systems that affect their children. There will be networking opportunities and a selection of workshop strands that will assist families and professionals. 

Family Leadership Conference Objectives:

The conference will provide learning opportunities for families to:
1. Engage in leadership opportunities;

2. Become stronger advocates so they can impact the systems that affect their children.

3. Increase their knowledge about laws, regulations, policy, and best-practice to encourage increased parental involvement;

4. Learn skills and strategies in communication, sharing stories, and record-keeping;

5. Increase family-to-family networking;

6. Create connections to local, state, and national resources;

7. Create and/or maintain a strong partnership between families and professionals; and

8. Maintain individual identity through culture, language, and family uniqueness so they become stronger advocates for their children, family, and community.

Selected sessions will also be presented in Spanish, Navajo and Keres.

Who should attend?

  • Parents interested in leadership/advocacy skill building
  • Parents or caregivers of children with disabilities (0-26 years old), including those with special needs
  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Ancillary Staff
  • Service Coordinators, Development Specialists, Case Managers
  • Home Visitors and Parent-Educators
  • Medical Professionals
  • Advocates and Support Staff
  • Policy Makers, Elected Officials, Tribal Leaders, School Board Members
  • Students

This conference is sponsored by:






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