Free Local Parent Workshops

  • Care Coordination: An Intro for Parents of Students with Developmental Disabilities
    Oct 14, 2021, 6:00 PM
    An introduction to care coordination, OPWDD supports, and how to get started, followed by a Q & A.  This event will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live event, and will be added to our resources at  Register Now!

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  • Horizon Health Services is offering a FREE virtual educational seminar titled, "Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain"
    Two sessions available on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 9-10 a.m. or 7-8 p.m.
    This hour-long educational seminar discusses what parents, teachers, and adolescents need to know about the impact of cannabis use on the developing brain. The presentation will review current research on the effects of cannabis use during critical periods of brain development (ages 15-24). Solutions and strategies will be offered to parents and other concerned loved ones on how to talk about the risks and benefits of cannabis.
    Register Now.
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  • Positive Parenting Program - Free virtual Zoom parenting classes offered by EPIC – Every Person Influences Children
    Registration is open for the first sessions of this program which will cover dealing with disobedience, managing fighting and aggression, developing good bedtime routines and hassle-free shopping with children. You can register for either the Monday or Wednesday session. 
    Registration is required. Download the Registration Form. Please fax 716-332-4101 or email the completed registration form back to

    The following workshop series dates are: 

    • Monday, October 18: 6-8pm                                      Wednesday, October 20: 1-3pm
    • Monday, October 25: 6-8pm                                      Wednesday, October 27: 1-3pm
    • Monday, November 1: 6-8pm                                    Wednesday, November 3: 1-3pm
    • Monday, November 8: 6-8pm                                    Wednesday, November 10: 1-3pm
    • Monday, November 15: 6-8pm                                  Wednesday, November 17: 1-3pm

    Upcoming sessions will be offered on other days. Flyer 1, Flyer 2

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  • SDI for Families
    October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Learn how teachers use SDI to meet the needs of your child with disabilities in the classroom
    • Examine what SDI looks like in the IEP
    • Understand your value as an engaged meaningful partner in the special education process of your child. CTLE Credits Available.       716-332-4170

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  • Buffalo Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Practicing social distancing but still need to talk? Do you want to feel less overwhelmed? Feel a sense of belonging? Get the support you need from Kathy Doody, Jana Mertz & other group members!
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 973 1127 3663 Passcode: Ausome   716-332-4170

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  • People Inc. Afterschool Respite Programs
    Themed Learning Clubs (TLC) Now Accepting Participants@ Harlem Road Community Center
    Pending eligibility, there are no program fees for the People Inc. Afterschool Program for children with developmental disabilities provides. Benefits include:

    For Parents/Guardians

    • Opportunity to work late, shop, go to the gym or enjoy coffee with a friend
    • Attend medical appointments
    • No program fees, pending eligibility 

    For Students

    • Assistance with homework
    • Fun activities and outings with friends
    • Arts and crafts 

    TLC for Students Grades K-5 offered Monday through Friday, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. View the Flyer
    TLC for Students Ages 10+ offered Monday through Friday, 2-6 p.m. View the Flyer

    Program location is the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, NY 14226
    To register and for more information, call 716-529-6499 or visit

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  • Youth Peer Advocates Workshops and Seminars
    Offered through Mental Health Advocates of WNY

    Teen Peer Support Group - July - December 2021

    20-Something Support Group - July - December 2021

    Back to School Stress Management - Mondays, August 2-30

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  • Parent Network of WNY
    Mindfulness Stress Reduction Series

    Every two weeks, ongoing series, at 7-7:45 pm
    August 5, 19

    September 2, 16, 30

    This ongoing series is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and youth with disabilities across New York State to meet virtually and learn how mindfulness can help with change and planning for the future.  Join us to learn strategies and techniques to reduce stress and for a chance to connect with other youth and their families.
    Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever is happening in our lives, both inside and out. Sessions every 2 weeks Register once and use the same link for every session! View Event flier
    email: | call: 716.332.4170

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