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Special Needs and Marriage (a parent perspective)

October 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Realities, Challenges, Fears, Commitment, Lessons of love

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Children’s Board Hillsborough Cty (Board Room)
1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605


Panelists include:  Local families happily married and single parents, all surviving and raising children with a disability.

This is a significant opportunity to meet, communicate, reaffirm our realities and seek solutions. Realistic, positive messages will be shared by all.

UPDATE: Stress management specialist I had contacted cancelled.

At least 30% of households comprise of a single parent raising a child/adult with special needs. The reasons why this figure is so high can vary — rejection, sickness, marital problems, financial stress and plain and simple individuals who are not capable of handling a marriage and a child/adult with special needs.

On the other hand, you have families that are prime examples of how things should be — mom and dad support each other, weather the storm/challenges, love leads the way, etc.

We must talk about these realities now.
We must find common ground. We must work out the challenges so we can be better parents.
These are inalienable rights that must be safeguarded, guaranteed, protected.

My story is pretty dramatic (Yadira) – I took my child from Greece (without the father’s consent) and came back to the USA seeking existing supports/therapies. At this moment, the relationship is solid, in the distance. Dad has come to visit and enjoys his daughter immensely.
There is tons I have learned. Tons more I still need to learn.
Every decision I’ve made has been based on my daughter’s needs and well being. As time passes, I will continue to do the same.
My daughter just wrote and illustrated a book expressing her emotions as she understands now, her family is separated and her diagnosis is one of the culprits.

Event Sponsors (featured guests in WEDU-PBS broadcast – Autism Town Hall Meeting: Breakthrough to Hope wedu.org/autism ):
Ann Millan – FICD – www.myficd.org
Filomena MacDonald – Gulf Coast Autism Association
Yadira V. Calderon – www.autismhappykingdom.com
There are other events being organized – sponsored by FICD and Gulf Coast Autism Association.
Details here: http://autismhappykingdom.com/index.php/events/
Immense thanks to: Florida Aquarium, Lowry Zoo and Tampa Water Bike Co. for donating items as door prizes.
Greatly appreciate Phil Buck from WTSP-Ch. 10 and Beatriz from InfoMas (Spectrum) for their willingness to listen, ask and try to get media exposure for our event.
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is not a sponsor of the event and does not endorse or support the content of the material(s), presentation(s), staff, volunteer(s) or message(s) delivered during this activity.


October 14, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Yadira V. Calderon


Children’s Board Hillsborough County
1002 East Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605 United States
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