DFSA April 2015 eNewsletter
DFSA April 2015 Newsletter
DFSA Hosts first author event: Carrie Cariello

On March 19th Dover Family School Alliance hosted it's first-ever author event, featuring blogger and author Carrie Cariello. Carrie - a mom of five from New Hampshire - has become a national voice on parenting a child with autism with love, laughter and understanding. Carrie spoke to more than 50 parents and educators with funny anecdotes as well as stories from her two books What Color is Monday and Someone I'm with has Autism - both available at bookstores nationwide.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we recommend you read Carrie's most recent blog post, "What Does Autism Awareness Even Mean?" 
DFSA hopes to sponsor additional author events and book discussions - if you are interested in getting involved or have ideas, let us know
The Parent Involvement Survey in Special Education will be arriving at your home soon!
Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey. The state, as well as Dover School District, does read them and takes your feedback into account when reviewing programming, protocols and services in the Dover School District!!! The test is moving to an every-other-year format so your feedback this year is more important than ever! 
Upcoming Events!
Learn-to-Play Basketball Clinic for DHS Unified Basketball Team
April 11th 10am-12pm
Dover High Gymnasium
This clinic is open to the special needs students in grades 1-8. It will be run by the DHS Unified Basketball team and their coaches MJ Hippern and Julia Wise. This will be a great opportunity to learn what Unified sports are all about. And it is free! All you need is to come ready to have fun. Please bring a water bottle and dress for activity. Registration is required so please contact MJ Hippern at m.hippern@dover.k12.nh.us and give your child’s name, age and grade. If you have any questions you can also call MJ at 603-767-7833. 
The UNH Institute on Disability (IOD) is excited to announce that actor Lauren Potter will be this year's Krumm Disability & Media Lecture Series guest speaker on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7pm in the Memorial Union Building at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Lauren Potter, best known for her role as Becky in the television show Glee, has proven herself a young woman of strength and of character. When professionals told her she couldn't or wouldn't," she worked harder - sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Barriers and limitations put before her became a personal challenge to let people know she is worthy of high ideals and capable of great expectations. Lauren is thrilled to be using the public voice that Glee has given her to speak out for other people with disabilities who may not have the same opportunities.
The Janet Krumm Disability & Media Lecture Series is an annual public lecture series which recognizes the power of information and the contributions of individuals who have used the media, written and visual, to create an understanding of the experience of disability, as well as the community's collective responsibility to embrace diversity. 

More information about Lauren Potter and this event can be found on 
the IOD website.
Understanding NH Special Education Process:  Brown Bag Luncheon Webinar
April 28, 2015  12:00PM - 1:30PM.  Webinar through PIC office.
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the special education process.  It includes a brief overview of each step in the process, as well as of the important role of parents in the process. 

This is an online webinar, to register, click here.
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