G.E.A.R. Parent Network & Maine Parent Federation:

Peer Support:

It Takes  A Village

About the Conference

Come and learn about parent and youth peer supports and how you can benefit from receiving these free services available in our state! Also learn how parents and youth can become peer mentors themselves. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

This is a free conference for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children/youth with special healthcare or behavioral health concerns, and their youth age 13+.

Agenda

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15 AM – 12:00 PM Parent and Youth Breakout Sessions

  • Parent Session – Panel Presentation of Peer mentoring programs available through GEAR, MPF, ASM, VR, & Best Buddies organizations
  • Youth Session – Youth will have the opportunity to select to do: networking and recreational activities, self-advocacy and supported decision-making workshops, and/or watching Intelligent Lives.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch – Provided

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Speaker – Jake Shumbo – Youth Disability Self-Advocate

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM Parent and Youth Breakout Sessions

  • Parent Session – Panel Discussion of Parents and Professionals who have used GEAR & MPF Peer Mentoring programs.
  • Youth Session – Youth will have the opportunity to select to do: networking and recreational activities, self-advocacy and supported decision-making workshops, and/or watching Intelligent Lives.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Wrap up and Parent/Youth Drawing Giveaways

* Vendors will also be attending the conference with Disability specific information for attendees to gather.

About Jake Shumbo, Public Speaker & Different Ability Advocate

Jake Shumbo is a 21 year old Disability Advocate who suffered a traumatic brain injury in December of 2011. This injury has led Jake down a pathway of recovery which has included becoming a strong Disability Advocate.

Jake will talk about his journey, of who he was before he became disabled or as he likes to say, differently-abled, and how he got to where he is today. The underlying message throughout will be how you shouldn’t allow disability to define you.

More about Jake:

  • Currently in final year of transition at LEARN in East Lyme, CT
  • Member of the Connecticut Secondary Transition Youth Advisory Board
  • Member of the Connecticut Transition Community of Practice (COP)
  • Intern for the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
  • Student representative on the State of Connecticut Department of Special Education Special Advisory Committee

To contact Jake, email him at shumbospeaks@gmail.com.

Questions? Contact G.E.A.R. Parent Network at 1-800-264-9224