• Sunrise School Parent Group

Sunrise School parent group
  • Parents who care for 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 Thursday 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 contact Sunrise School social worker Maria Korn at maria.korn@aiu3.net.

    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

  • Upcoming 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: TBD

    Topic: TBD

    March 19, 2020 

    Speakers: TBD

    Topic: TBD

    April 16, 2020 – 10:00 – 11:00 am

    Speakers: TBD

    Topic: TBD



    Feb. 2019 

    April 2019

    *Previously published newsletters available upon request.



    Meeting history