Sunrise School Parent Group
Parents who care for special needs students with disabilities are not alone. We have developed the Sunrise School Parent Group to provide support, information and guidance to our families.
We host several meetings each year and usually feature an hour-long guest speaker followed by a roundtable discussion by the parent group. Previous topics of conversation have included:
- Disability services
- Medical rights
- Transition considerations
- Obtaining power of attorney
- Vocational programs
- Safety needs
- Financial planning
- Planning the annual staff appreciation day
The Sunrise School Parent Group originated in March 2012 and hosts meetings from 10 a.m. to noon the third Thursdays of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Parents are encouraged to attend in person or via a conference call-in.
For more information, please email Sunrise School social worker Maria Korn.
Hear what other parents are saying about Sunrise School and the parent group:
"Having a child with special needs can introduce parents to new fields of study, ways of seeing the world, and inspiring individuals and communities. It can also be rather daunting with whole new sets of vocabulary and paperwork to learn and handle. The speakers meetings and parent group sessions help to make this manageable by introducing focused topics that are most relevant to us. They also provide chances to share stories, resources and experiences that can really enrich our lives and those of our children. It is also a great opportunity see some of the teachers and staff that nurture our children’s talents and capabilities in action at Sunrise."
--Sunrise parent Jim Whitlam
"I have a son who went to Sunrise and we loved it, and it set the stage for his work at Goodwill. I'm now sending his brother there to give him the same opportunities for a great future."
--Sunrise Parent Kim Lyons
September 19, 2019
Speaker: Victoria Campbell, transition coordinator at Sunrise School
Topic: Transition services
October 17, 2019
Speakers: Maria Korn, social worker at Sunrise School; Amanda Carver, health and physical education teacher at Sunrise School
Topic: Healthy relationships with the focus on puberty and body changes
November 14, 2019
Speaker: James Jay MacDonald, Monroeville Police Department
Topic: Project Life Saver
January 16, 2020
Speaker: Mary Evrard, Community and Communications Liaison Coordinator at Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Intellectual Disability (OID)
Topic: OID services
February 20, 2020
Speakers: Vice president Mary Wildman and Carrie Todd, Autism Society of Pittsburgh
Topic: Programs and services for families with autism
March 19, 2020
Speaker: Ms. Alexia Dabat, Sunrise School art teacher
Topic: Art Curriculum at Sunrise School
April 16, 2020
Speaker: Marci Galore, program coordinator at HOPE Network
Topic: Programs and services offered through the HOPE Network
Previously published newsletters available upon request.
A complete meeting history is available upon request.