We are here to support families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. Thank you for reaching out to us every day. This is “Your Story.”
"I learned how to be a better parent and to teach my kids in a positive way to respect me and to help out with chores and homework without any arguing. We value each other and how we relate to daily routines in a whole new way. I can't tell you how wonderful it is as a mom to NOT be the "yeller" anymore. Thank you Joe Clem and Parent Network for this life changing class."
– Lisa B. Attended Nurtured Heart Approach
"The classes gave me knowledge and courage to be an advocate for my daughter. She's doing very well. She's living in a group home, working three days a week at Cantalician Workshop and going to day-hab two days a week."
"Thank you Parent Network. You are an incredible support and resource for parents."
– Rosemary A.
“I signed up for the Parent Leadership series because I wanted to continue to help advocate for my son as well as help other parents to learn how to advocate for their children as well.”
– Ebony Davis-Martin
“We all can come together because we have great ideas for community and how we can serve others.”
– Sharon D. Tell
“It’s just amazing to see all this passion that has been displayed for the things that we want to see happen in the WNY area that affect the disabilities community.”
– Latoya Ranselle
"From here on out as a direct result of this leadership program I have decided to go to D’Youville and get my masters in dietetics so that I can officially tell people how to change their lifestyle through nutrition by becoming a registered dietician.”
– Shakira Martin
"I have attended over 15 workshops and believe me it has made a difference. I feel now that I can advocate for my son and he can advocate for himself. If I did not attend these workshops, I do not know what I would have done to assist my son in his education. He is now doing great in school and at home.
I am so grateful for the Parent Network organization as a CSE parent member, along with my husband, we share the good news with every parent that we come in contact with and the importance of getting involved and learning as much as you can."
– Dr. Pamela A.
“I thought ‘you know everything to this point with my daughter has seemed to be a fight with the school’ and maybe through participation in this project I can learn how to fight with a little more tact, and perhaps not be so adversarial, and luckily I found that. One of the biggest things I found in participating was to fight with passion but not emotion and you seem to get a little bit further with the things you’re trying to advocate for your child.”
– Jennifer Mazur
"Thank you. The (information) forms are just what we need and will allow us the opportunity to be an equal partner with the CSE team in advocating for their daughter's future. You have to love the people at Parent Network, a great community resource that is ready to facilitate and help whatever the need is. As a parent of a child with disabilities and as an advocate you are always my first resource."
– A Parent Advocate