Joining Forces TV coverage in Oklahoma!
We are very excited that an event the Oklahoma CoP team has been involved in this week was featured on the news in Oklahoma!
For a translation of the video, please see below!
Autism Convention in OKC
Family-to-Family holds conferences for the Hispanic Community
Once it has been asked where you can get help if you have a child with special needs. One organization unites its efforts to give a hand to all families with children with special needs. Let’s watch the report.
When the family of children with special needs ask who can best help them emotionally, their first choice is other families who have had similar experiences. It is for this reason that the Family to Family health Information Center of Oklahoma is convening conferences covering the needs of the Hispanic community with special needs.
This conference is organized by the Oklahoma Family network, a non-profit organization created by families for parents and families that have special needs: complex medical needs, developmental disabilities, or mental health.
The organization has coordinators across the state that provide information, support and resources. This organization opens doors to the agencies that serve children with special needs to create a team that provides the support and encouragement necessary to families of Oklahoma City.
It’s an annual conference called Joining Forces. It is like a little bridge between agencies and the private and public sectors. We usually do it once a year.
The staff of OFN and mentor parents are trained family members with experience that are familiar with emotions, fears, and realities of raising children with special healthcare needs can present.
We believe that to change systems, we parents are those that use the services and know how we can make them better for our children.
The support the organization offer to those with different needs like those who are expecting a child with special needs to those who are currently raising a child with special needs to those who have suffered the loss of a child with special needs.
Of course some of the agencies that are in collaboration with the organization are the state department of health, department of human services, department of mental health, among others. For more information, call the number on the screen at 405-271-5072. Back to you.
View the original article and video (in Spanish) at http://www.unidosok.com/AccionOklahoma/2015/02/18/-convencion-de-autismo-en-okc
Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.