Happy Holidays from All of Us at Parent Network!

December is often a time for holiday celebrations, family gatherings, and the promise of new beginnings with a new year around the corner. For many families, the holidays bring a unique stress and opportunities for disappointments. Children with disabilities may have difficulty adjusting to the changes in their routine, the expectations to visit family and

Families of young people with autism struggle with mental health needs

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro, and partner with cerebral palsy, look to wow Buffalo


Mayo Alanen danced eight years ago on ABC-TV’s smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” with actress Lisa Rinna, as well as fellow professional dance instructors Kym Johnson and Anna Demidova. He has taken the ballroom dance circuit by storm during the last year with a different partner, Lauren Walier, a 20-year-old college freshman with cerebral

3 from Niagara County honored at developmental disabilities statewide conference

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Three Niagara County residents received statewide honors at the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State conference on Oct. 30 in Saratoga Springs. All three honorees were chosen from nominees across New York. Awardees include: New York State Sen. Robert G. Ortt of North Tonawanda received the Legislator of the Year Award. As chair of

Daemen College – Center for Allied and Unified Sport & Exercise (CAUSE) Open House

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Daemen College through the support from various foundations is launching the Center for Allied and Unified Sport & Exercise or CAUSE. Starting this September, Daemen College will be holding FREE Sport Activity Sessions on Sunday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm for individuals with Disabilities. Under the supervision of Daemen Athletics Coaches and Faculty,

Heritage Centers – After School Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Heritage Centers After School Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities Open to Ages 7 – 21 Space is Limited 2 pm – 6 pm Call 833-8603 x2211 with questions or to begin the referral process! Locations: Ken-Ton School District 205 Yorkshire Road, Tonawanda or Buffalo Public School District St. Mary’s School for the Deaf 2253