Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
712 Plantation St
Worcester, MA 01605

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Cid DeLeo 
HMEA's Autism Resource Center 

Creating a Circle of Support,

because I won't be here forever: a hands-on workshop for parents & caregivers. 

February 29, 2020 

If your greatest fear is "who will take care of the person I love when I'm gone?" then you are NOT alone. If you've decided that the solution is to never die, you're also not alone - but that's not a solution. You may have heard the term "Circle of Support" floating around, but you're not sure what it means, you've rejected the idea as impossible or you're just not ready to hear it. This workshop will be emotional. It will be full of difficult conversation. Your heart and your mind will be challenged. Then, together, we will find a pathway and leave armed with the tools we need to create the most important gift we will ever give the person we love.

This workshop is for parents, adult siblings, caregivers, family members of people with disabilities. It will be most beneficial to those caring for adults over 22. Presented by Cheryl Ryan Chan

Bring a bag lunch

Cheryl is, first and foremost, Mom to Nicky – a 26 year-old man severely impacted by autism and intellectual disabilities. Cheryl has spent over 20 years in Massachusetts, integrating her son and family into the disability community and becoming a well-known leader in community organization, legislative activism, mentoring and public speaking. She has served on Boards for a number of nonprofit human service providers, mental health providers, and Support Centers. Her work as a Person-Centered Planning Practitioner began in 2010 and has become her greatest passion. Cheryl has traveled to present, train and provide planning services in California Wisconsin, Maryland, and across New England.


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