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NWDSA's “A Father’s Panel” event offers individual experiences on raising a child with a disability

Father and his daughter smiling photograph

Father and daughter both smiling in photo.

“A Father’s Panel” offers individual experiences on raising a child with a disability

Northwest Downs Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is offering “A Father’s Panel” event on Saturday, February 4, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 S.E. 80th Avenue. This is an interactive session led by a panel of fathers who will discuss accepting, nurturing, educating and supporting a child with a developmental disability. 

The fathers, whose children range from 28 to three years old, are offering a safe and honest conversation about individual experiences, disability nuts and bolts, expectations, relationship maintenance, stereotypes, and more. This is a free-wheeling discussion that will provide time for questions and answers. 

“A Father’s Panel” is designed for parents and guardians of children from age 0 to 5 with a disability and the professionals who support them. Panelists include: Michael Bailey, Randy Anderson, Steven Holland, Kristian Burch, Craig Holzweissig, and Diego Conde.

The event is free, cross-disability and new families are always welcome. Spanish translation is available with snacks and lunch provided. Childcare is offered and an RSVP is required. Interested attendees may RSVP on NWDSA’s event website or call 503-238-0522.

NWDSA is providing this event as part of its Reciprocal Learning Community program (RLC). The RLC) is a network of families, educators and health professionals who come together to help parents of children with Down syndrome and other disabilities become informed, empowered experts on their children’s development and wellness. The program was developed in 2003 as a response to drastic cuts in Early Intervention services as a way to help parents educate themselves to become strong advocates for their children. Learn more about the RLC and NWDSA on the organization’s website.