• Sunrise School Parent Group

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

    Parent Testimonials

    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

  • 2019-2020 meetings

    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.